Environmental and Social Responsibility Society (ESRS)

About Us

The structure of the revitalized CIM Environment and Social Responsibility Society includes five technical sections within the Society: Mine Solids Management (waste), Water Management (water), Air Quality (air), Environment, and Social Responsibility and Aboriginal Affairs (social). Each of the five sections are intended to address key environmental aspects associated mining, the natural environment and communities including those presented below:

Land – Waste rock, tailings, dusts, residues, sludges, slag, disposal, management, reprocessing, decommissioning, reclamation

Water – Process effluents, acidic drainage, neutral drainage, ground water, surface water, mine water, seepage, treatment (active, passive, chemical, biological, physical)

Air - Emissions – SO2, SO3, NOX, CO2, halogens, fumes, particulate, climate change

Natural Environment – Environmental impact assessments, life cycle analysis, abandoned mines, designing for closure, footprint, environmental effects monitoring

Social – Indigenous affairs, CSR, conflict minerals, employment, law & order, training, footprint, succession, bribery/corruption, regulations, taxes, communication, disclosures, benefits community succession

Our vision is to provide leadership and professional development opportunities as they relate to the social and environmental responsibility and performance of the Canadian mining industry. We encourage leading practices, a culture of responsibility, and enhanced social and environmental performance management of this industry through collaboration with all interested and affected parties. We do this through providing an engaging and high quality technical program at the annual CIM Convention. Our members are part of a number of working groups outside of the technical sessions which help promote good practices in the mining industry. The Environmental and Social Responsibility Society (ESRS) is made up of a diverse group including managers, scientists, academics, consultants and researchers with operating companies, as well as university and government representatives.


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Online Workshop Series: The Systematic Approach to Tailings Management

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A CIM membership can help enhance your professional profile, develop your business network and build your company’s profile. The Canadian Institute of Mining Metallurgy and Petroleum offers multiple membership types, with different levels of engagement to meet any mining industry professional’s business needs and career goals.

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Being a part of CIM not only helps me stay on top of the most critical challenges within industry, it also keeps me informed of potential solutions and in touch with experts who can support me and my clients.

Karen Chovan, Principal Enviro Integration Strategies and Chair of the Environmental and Social Responsibility Society (ESRS)