The Five Pillars of Sustainable Mining Practices

Sustainable mining practices is a concept that embeds the principles of sustainable development into a mining and minerals context. At its core is the belief that through the responsible development of the world’s mineral resources, the global population will be able to access the mineral resources they demand for both a higher standard of living and better access to energy. It is an important tool in alleviating poverty. Companies that exhibit sustainable mining practices demonstrate:

  • Environmental leading practices
  • Community engagement and support
  • Economic development
  • Safety excellence
  • Optimum resource utilisation

As a result of embedding these practices into the way of work, the operation will be sustained (premature mine closure avoided) and enduring benefits will flow to the community.


This representation has been used by Austrade in their publication - Sustainable Mining, page 8.