This report includes the 2017 TSM performance results for 67 mining facilities belonging to 23 of our member companies. This year, 24 mining facilities had their results externally verified as part of TSM’s three-year external verification cycle. Six facilities reported TSM performance for the first time and are included in aggregate graphs for each of the Protocols. Once again, we saw strong performance in many of the TSM Protocols:
- 96% report publicly on their engagement and dialogue activities.
- 81% conduct crisis simulation exercises.
- 99% have formal safety and health management systems.
- 75% have senior management commitments to biodiversity conservation in place.
- 92% have implemented a tailings management system that is in conformance with MAC’s tailings management guides.
- 96% have implemented energy use and GHG emissions management reporting systems.
On an aggregate basis, we did see a drop in performance in both Tailings Management and Crisis Management and Communications Planning. These drops are in part due to the addition of new MAC member facilities that are still working to align their systems with TSM requirements. In the area of Tailings Management, seven facilities (including six closed facilities) that previously reported Level As for Indicators 3 and 4 were downgraded to Level Cs and Bs during external verification this year. Additionally, five facilities that previously met all criteria of the Crisis Management and Communications Planning Protocol reported “No” for Indicator 2.