Several highlights achieved in 2015 relate to our Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. The Finnish Mining Association (FinnMin) adopted TSM for its membership, the first mining association outside of Canada to do so. FinnMin’s adoption of TSM stems from MAC’s commitment to freely share the program with other countries seeking tools to improve their mining industry’s performance.
One of the widely regarded strengths of TSM is that it pushes for continuous progress. TSM’s protocols and indicators evolve to ensure they reflect best practice. That’s why in March 2015, MAC’s Board of Directors commissioned an independent, multi-interest task force to externally review the TSM Tailings Management Protocol and MAC’s three tailings management guides. In November, the task force presented 29 recommendations to strengthen the tailings management component of TSM and the guides to the Board.
For more details on the topics discussed here, and on other aspects of MAC’s work, we encourage you to read the Annual Report in full.