ICMM releases guidance for COVID-19 recovery

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International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has developed a framework to help mining companies grow their resilience after COVID-19 eases.

Three key areas have been identified for action: health and safety (lives), jobs and income (livelihoods) as well as education and skills (learning).

These can be delivered through mining companies’ core business capabilities, community investment and policy engagement.

ICMM member BHP is supporting Indigenous organisations and services to assets people in safely returning to remote communities.

Alcoa is providing over $US420,000 ($589,000) to ensure local people have food and access to support services in Western Australia.

ICMM stated that the framework had been developed with the aim of encouraging learning and thinking about mining’s collective role in supporting communities through the immediate and long-term phases of COVID-19.

“It is also a practical tool for mining companies and those companies in other sectors, to assess their own activities through the examples, case-studies and resources,” it added.

The framework was developed in consultation with the Harvard Kennedy School, Business Fights Poverty and The Partnering Initiative, and informed by ICMM members’ COVID-19 responses.