Mining, Minerals and Integrity - An Agenda for Change: Insights from MMSD North America

CIM Vancouver 2002
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the program, outputs and major conclusions of MMSD North America.

Through its 18 month existence, MMSD North America set out to generate an Agenda for Change - a blueprint that would provide specific suggestions for action that would help ensure mining and minerals contributed to society's overall transition to sustainable development. From its inception, the targets for such an Agenda for Change included industry (juniors, intermediates, seniors, services), government (federal, state/provincial, local), First Nations/Native Americans, organized labour, mining dependent communities, non-government organizations, and the academic community.

To fulfill its mandate, participants of MMSD North America opted to pursue a four part strategy. First, effort was put into articulating the story of North American mining and minerals from the perspective of sustainability: how a contribution has been made to human and ecosystem well-being, positive and negative. Each community of interest has a different take on the story. These differences are vital to recognize for they reflect different values at play - values that are dynamic. Matching this initial perspective, a second task group set out to describe future scenarios and their implications for the various communities of interest. A third task was aimed at developing a practical approach to assessing a project or operations contribution to sustainability. Together these three sets of activities provided the foundation for the fourth and ultimate task, production of the Agenda for Change.
Keywords: MMSD North America, Sustainable development, Agenda for Change
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