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Protocols & Frameworks

The TSM Guiding Principles are backed by a suite of protocols that mining companies measure and publicly report their performance against in the annual TSM Progress Reports.

Each protocol is made up of a set of indicators that are designed to measure the quality and comprehensiveness of facility-level management systems and are intended to provide the public with an overview of the industry’s performance in key environmental and social areas. Several protocols are also accompanied by framework documents that describe in detail what member companies commit to for these areas.

The TSM Assessment Protocols are:

  1. Biodiversity Conservation Management
  2. Crisis Management and Communications Planning
  3. Energy and GHG Emissions Management
  4. Indigenous and Community Relationships
  5. Preventing Child and Forced Labour
  6. Safety and Health
  7. Tailings Management
  8. Water Stewardship

The TSM protocols are available in Spanish here.

Understanding the TSM Assessment Protocols

MAC member companies are required to annually self-assess their performance against the TSM indicators, which are found in the TSM Assessment Protocols. Assessment Protocols have been developed for each of the areas above. The document below provides facilities with an overview of the TSM Assessment Protocols, performance rating scale, external verification process, and other pertinent information.

Prior to applying TSM and assessing performance, facilities are recommended to review this document.

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