Québec becomes the second province to adopt the Towards Sustainable
MONTREAL, June 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Québec Mining Association (QMA)
today announced its members will adopt the Towards Sustainable Mining
(TSM) initiative, a program designed to improve environmental and
social practices in the Canadian mining industry, over a phased-in
The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and its members launched the TSM
initiative in 2004. Today's announcement marks the second provincial
mining association to commit to formally implementing the initiative,
following the Mining Association of British Columbia's (MABC) adoption
of TSM in 2011.
"The QMA's main goal is to promote a responsible, committed and
innovative Quebec mining industry. Our members' participation in the
TSM initiative is directly aligned with our vision of mining
development in Québec. Our methods are recognized across the globe, and
we are proud of our industry. The TSM initiative will allow mining
companies active in Québec to always aim higher, while supporting a
continuous improvement process, thanks to a precise set of performance
indicators," said Josée Méthot, President and CEO, QMA.
"We commend the QMA for adopting the TSM initiative, which reflects the
Quebec mining industry's commitment to raising the bar for corporate
responsibility and to provide communities with a transparent view of
their performance in critical environmental and social practices," said
Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC. "This is milestone for the TSM
initiative, helping to expand its reach within Canada and adds to its
credibility as an effective mining standard."
The TSM initiative requires mining companies to annually assess their
Canadian facilities' performance against 23 indicators under six areas,
known as "protocols", including tailings management, Aboriginal and
community outreach, biodiversity conservation management, energy use
and greenhouse gas emissions management, safety and health, and crisis
management planning. The results are then externally-verified by
trained third-party verifiers every three years to ensure the reported
results are accurate. All facility-level results are published each
year in annual TSM Progress Reports and are readily available to the public. Members of the QMA that are
not MAC members will undergo independent verification of their facility
results after four years. MAC members operating in Quebec already
report their performance annually.
One of the key strengths of TSM is that mining companies are measured
where the mining activity actually takes place - at the facility level.
The results, therefore, provide local communities with a meaningful
view of how a nearby mine is faring. The program was also designed and
continues to be shaped by civil society through the Community of
Interest (COI) Advisory Panel. The Panel is an independent,
multi-interest (i.e. stakeholder) group that serves as a consultative
body to the industry. The Panel played a key role in the program's
design, and continues to be integral to its evolution and verification
of results. The Panel includes representatives from Aboriginal
communities, environmental and social NGOs, international development
and labour groups, among others.
"The QMA's adoption of TSM shows a commitment to leadership in
environmental and social performance. TSM is important for both its
high standards that go beyond provincial regulations and the public
reporting that goes with them. This is a good move for industry and all
its stakeholders," stated Suzann Méthot (no relation to Josée Méthot),
Québec spokesperson for the International Boreal Conservation Campaign.
In 2014, the TSM initiative is celebrating 10 years of driving
performance for mining operations across Canada and beyond. TSM has
been successful in pushing for continuous progress in the mining sector
as evidenced by the results that have seen steady improvement over the
duration of the program. For a detailed look at facility-level results
of participating mining companies, download the latest TSM Progress Report at www.mining.ca/towards-sustainable-mining.
About the Québec Mining Association
The Québec Mining Association (QMA) was founded in 1936, and speaks
proactively for mining companies involved in production, extraction and
processing, mining contractors, junior mining companies, and suppliers,
institutions, organizations and other partners in the mining sector.
The QMA is proud of the 45,000 high-quality jobs and $3.25 billion in
annual investment generated by Québec's mining industry over the course
of last year. The mission of the QMA is to promote, support and develop
a committed, responsible and innovative mining industry in Québec.
About the Mining Association of Canada
The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) is the national organization for
the Canadian mining industry. Its members account for most of Canada's
production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds,
metallurgical coal, mined oil sands and industrial minerals and are
actively engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and
semi-fabrication. Please visit www.mining.ca.
SOURCE: Mining Association of Canada (MAC)
For further information:
Québec Mining Association
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