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27 July 2021: The new resource, “Partnering for our Common Future: Optimising mining’s partnering capability to contribute to community resilience and thriving societies“, brings together our cutting-edge thinking from beyond mining of what an organisation needs to do in practice to partner effectively and combines it with the latest thinking and sustainable development leadership from the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) and its members.

The resource sets out to support companies in understanding the potential of optimised partnering, and lays out how to undertake a diagnostic on the degree they are set up and operating to be institutionally ‘fit for partnering’.

The concepts laid out in the guide, including a self-assessment tool, have been designed and tested to help companies consider their current state and how it might improve, brought to life by practical examples. It aims to help mining companies to understand the degree to which they are currently set up to be institutionally fit for partnering – ie having in place the right strategies, systems and processes, culture, capacity and networks to be able to partner effectively and better contribute to community resilience.


Partnering for our Common Future: Optimising mining’s partnering capability to contribute to community resilience and thriving societies, was co-authored by David Prescott, Victoria Thom and Darian Stibbe, The Partnering Initiative; and Nicky Black, Hannah Clayton and Danielle Martin, ICMM, 2021.

Many thanks to all those who gave up their time to be interviewed or participate in group discussions: Danielle Airton, BHP (Australia); Matt King and Phil Casey, Newmont (USA and Argentina); Carla Robert, Damien Roux, Coralie Perissol, Olivier Bizeau, Orano (Canada and France); Allison Burger, Angela Nell, Abdel-Razak Yakubu, Lebo Mlipha, Abubakari Mohammed and Gail Sheppard, Gold Fields (South Africa, Ghana and Australia); Michel Santos, Francisco Raunelli, Jacinta Seymour and Fiona Sartain, MMG (Democratic Republic of Congo, Peru and Australia); Edwin Hlatshayo, Glencore (South Africa); Dawn Brock, ICMM (UK); Carla Soutelinho, Vale (Brazil); Tracy Bame, Freeport McMoran (USA); Marlena Anderson and Jay Schlosar, Teck (Canada). Thanks also to Danielle Jean-Pierre Figueroa for research support.

Thanks also to the members of the ICMM Skills Initiative Working Group for their contributions during the drafting and review process for this guidance.

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Unleashing the power of mining as a transformational partner in development by ICMM’s Director for Social and Economic Development Nicky Black and TPI Executive Director Darian Stibbe.

“For genuine partnering for development to be most effective, the partnering organisations need to be institutionally optimised to work as partners, with clear and compelling strategy behind why and when to partner, and what they aim to achieve, supported by the right systems and processes alongside a culture for collaboration, the necessary competencies, and the connections and relationships across stakeholders.”

About ICMM

The International Council on Mining and Metals is an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry. Bringing together 28 mining and metals company members and over 35 national, regional and commodities association members, we strengthen environmental and social performance and serve as a catalyst for change, enhancing mining’s contribution to society.

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