Support for TSM


“Having served on Canada’s Community of Interest Advisory (COI) panel for six years and having played a role in its original creation, I saw first-hand the significant positive impact TSM has had in driving performance and improving accountability at the mine site level, particularly in social and environmental performance, and the panel’s valuable role in pushing the industry towards such progress.

Jurisdictions that adopt TSM are openly committing to going beyond the word of the law when it comes to sustainable practices and the program lays out clear expectations that everyone will and should be judged by a higher level of standards. The COI panel, comprised of various stakeholder groups including Indigenous, academic, environmental, and social sectors, is critically important to the program’s credibility and to determining the quality of work being done at the mine site level. The Panel has played an instrumental role in directing TSM’s focus and development and has undoubtedly helped guide TSM to where it is today; a global leader in sustainable standards.”

Alan Young
Director of the Materials Efficiency Research Group, Former Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative and COI Panel Member from 2009-2016

“Since its inception in 2004, TSM has focused on driving improvements in environmental and social performance at the mine site level. A recent priority for the Community of Interest Advisory (COI) Panel has focused on updating and enhancing the TSM Indigenous and Community Relationship Protocol, which requires companies in the mining sector to be more diligent in ensuring they are engaging, in an open, respectful and transparent manner, with Indigenous and other affected communities.

As a member of the COI Panel who was intimately involved in the drafting of the enhanced protocol, I look forward to seeing how it will further enhance the mining industry relationships with Indigenous communities, which are so fundamental to the sector’s success. As a person who works directly with the mining industry on behalf of the Nunatsiavut Government, I also know first-hand how important TSM is to our community.”

Theresa Baikie
Impact and Benefit Agreement Coordinator for Nunatsiavut Government and current COI Panel Member

“Strong, respectful relationships with Indigenous communities are important to the success of Canada’s mining industry and it is important that the sector both acknowledge its legacy and history in Indigenous engagement and commit to improved relationships with the communities surrounding and affected by mine sites. Across the industry, significant progress has been made in Indigenous participation in mining, from sharing economic benefits, to providing employment, procurement and training opportunities, and TSM has been critically important in setting the bar on what is expected of mining companies when it comes to good practice in respectful engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities.

As a member of the COI panel, I am proud to have played a role in ensuring Canada’s mining companies are held accountable in ensuring responsible practices are in place, particularly through the TSM Indigenous and Community Relationships Protocol. Positive engagement with Indigenous peoples is nothing short of essential to the mining industry’s success. TSM and the work of COI panel members continue to focus on providing industry the tools for developing and maintaining mutually beneficial and respectful relationships with indigenous people.”

David Walkem
Chair of the Citwx Nlaka’pamux Assembly and current COI Panel Member

‘’The Minerals Council of Australia’s adoption of the TSM framework will help broaden the global applicability of a leading reference in the mining industry. We value the continuous standard enhancement approach led by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), in part through consultations with an independent multi-stakeholder group. Mine site-level environmental and social performance benchmarking are especially important for investors like BCI who leverage annual TSM Progress Reports as part of ESG integration into investment decisions. Significant mining jurisdictions adopting TSM provides us with a broader range of absolute and relative asset-level ESG performance. Independently verified assessments provide investors and other stakeholders with additional assurance.

As part of BCI’s engagements with portfolio companies, we refer to reporting members’ performance from TSM reporting and we advocate for MAC members to voluntarily apply and report on their non-Canadian operations. As part of our regulatory engagements, we referenced the TSM Tailings Management Protocol in our submission to the Global Tailings Review in 2019. We also track select TSM industry-level indicators as one way of measuring progress against some engagement priorities. We believe the adoption of the TSM by the Minerals Council of Australia will benefit the Australian mining sector.’’

Anne-Marie Gagnon
Associate ESG Manager, Public Markets, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI)

“UNICEF Canada welcomes the commitment of all companies to prevent child and forced labour as part of the Towards Sustainable Mining initiative. As 2021 marks the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour and as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic threatens to drive more children into child labour, it will be important for all companies to positively contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of ending child labour in all its forms by 2025.”

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