Over 4,300 organizations have already published their sustainability reports covering the 2014 reporting period (and the count continues). The mining sector continues to be among the Top 5 sectors which disclose their sustainability performance using the GRI framework. Who are some of the key promoters and drivers? - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Kj
Industry peers adopted GRI as standard
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an industry club of the leading and global mining majors, has been a long term advocate of sustainability reporting. ICMM was centrally involved in developing GRI’s Mining and Metals Sector Supplement already back in 2005 to ensure indicators remain relevant to the sector. ICMM’s member companies have since made a commitment to prepare their sustainability reports in accordance with the core option of the most recent GRI guidelines (G4). This clear adoption signal by global industry leaders creates the opportunity for mainstreaming GRI-based sustainability reporting in the mining sector. Surprisingly, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), which features a membership profile (including many GRI reporters) that overlaps with ICMM, has not played any significant role in the GRI adoption process.
Prizma also played a modest role in promoting GRI by developing and delivering the first GRI-certified training program in North America (see also mining.com article: Sustainability Reporting using GRI Lessons Learned). The Canadian Government’s updated CSR Strategy, announced on November 14, 2014, continues to note that “Canada promotes the use of the GRI standard for CSR reporting by the extractive sector to enhance transparency and encourage market-based rewards for good CSR performance.”
What is driving your sustainability reporting effort?
Are you involved with sustainability reporting at a junior or mid-tier mining company? Which are some of the key drivers and barriers to sustainability reporting you are encountering in your work?
About the author: Mehrdad Nazari (LinkedIn Profile) is an ESIA & Sustainability Advisor with over 20 years of experience. Mehrdad and his team support mining companies and other organizations with a variety of environmental and social studies, and provide stakeholder engagement, sustainability reporting and assurance services. You can learn more about Prizma’s sustainability reporting services in the mining sector here and access Prizma's latest newsletter here.