The Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) standard is a globally recognized sustainability program that supports mining companies in managing key environmental and social risks. TSM was the first mining sustainability standard in the world to require site-level assessments and is mandatory for all companies that are members of implementing associations. Through TSM, eight critical aspects of social and environmental performance are evaluated, independently validated, and publicly reported against 30 distinct performance indicators.
Increasingly, other mining associations, governments, investors, and manufacturers are looking to TSM as global best practice in sustainable and responsible mining. In recent years, mining associations in Spain, Finland, Norway, Botswana, Argentina, Brazil, Australia and the Philippines have adopted the program.
The program’s core strengths are:
Accountability: Participation in TSM is mandatory for all MAC members. Assessments are conducted at the facility level where the mining activity takes place–the only program in the world to do this in our sector. This provides local communities with a meaningful view of how a nearby mine is faring.
Transparency: Members commit to a set of TSM Guiding Principles and report their performance against the program’s 30 indicators annually in MAC’s TSM Progress Reports. Each facility’s results are publicly available, and are externally verified every three years.
Credibility: TSM includes ongoing consultation with a national Community of Interest (COI) Advisory Panel. This, independent multi-interest group helps our members and communities of interest foster dialogue, improve the industry’s performance and shape the program for continual advancement.
Download TSM 101: A Primer for more information about the program.
In Canada, administration and management of the TSM standard is fully funded by MAC members through annual association membership fees.