ICMM Position Statement on Indigenous People and Mining
Apr 27, 2013
International Council on Mining and Metals
The statement, which came into effect in May 2015 for all ICMM member companies, articulates a progressive set of commitments. The most significant commitment is that companies will work to obtain the consent of Indigenous Peoples for new projects (and changes to existing projects) that are located on lands traditionally owned by or under customary use of Indigenous Peoples and are likely to have significant adverse impacts on Indigenous Peoples. The statement outlines ICMM’s view of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as a process based on good faith negotiation, through which Indigenous Peoples can give or withhold their consent to a project. Supporting commitments address engagement with Indigenous Peoples, understanding their rights and interests, building cross-cultural understanding, agreeing appropriate processes for consultation and engagement, and participation in decision making.