Mining and Metals
Why is mining important?
Mining provides the raw materials, minerals, and metals needed to produce many of the physical goods and infrastructure that we use in our everyday lives.
It also plays a big part in the current push towards renewable energy. The batteries needed to store renewable forms of energy such as wind, solar and hydro, as well as those utilized in electric cars usually use lithium – an alkali metal which needs to be mined and extracted from the earth.
Mining operations are generally considered to be risky due to the health and safety risks to employees and contractors involved. Furthermore, they need to effectively manage and mitigate the environmental and social impacts of their activities.
Generally speaking, mining companies must carry out their business operations responsibly and sustainably. From a regulatory perspective, this is driven by the conditions and commitments outlined in operational permits and licenses.
Mining companies must also focus on their Social License to Operate. This requires a concerted focus on Environmental, Health, Safety and Community (HSEC) management systems. For land-based businesses such as mining, there is no separation between these risk areas.
Some of the EHS, ESG, and compliance challenges facing mining companies include:
The Mine Lifecycle
Conducting mining operations can be a sizeable and complex task, consisting of various interrelated phases which make up the lifecycle of a mine. At each of these stages, mining companies can benefit from one or many of our IsoMetrix software solutions.
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Compliance with international ISO and mining standards
Our software enables manufacturing companies to monitor and measure adherence to various international safety, quality, and sustainability standards.
- ISO 9001: Quality
- ISO 14001: Environmental Management
- ISO 26000: Guidance on Social Responsibility
- ISO 31000: Risk Management
- ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety
Further mining frameworks and standards
We also facilitate adherence to mining-specific frameworks established by the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM), Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM), GRI Mining Sector Standards, SASB Extractives and Minerals Processing standards, etc.
11 of the 26 members of the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) subscribe to one or more IsoMetrix solutions.
- International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
- Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM)
- Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
- Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
- Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
- The SA Mining Charter
- The Mining Association of Canada’s TSM frameworks and protocols
A valued IsoMetrix mining client
Century Aluminum specializes in the production of high-purity aluminum and offers a range of products for various industries, such as automotive, aerospace, and packaging. The company prioritizes sustainable practices and is committed to reducing its environmental impact through energy efficiency and emissions reduction.