On August 5th, 2020 the Global Tailings Review, co-convened by the mining industry association, ICMM, investors and the UN Environment Programme, unveiled the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management, “for the safer management of tailings storage facilities.”
Current industry standards, including the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management, do not go far enough to adequately protect communities and ecosystems from failures.
On June 30th, an international group of scientists, community groups, and human rights and environmental organizations published a set of guidelines for the safer storage of mine waste.
Safety First: Guidelines for Responsible Mine Tailings Management aim to protect communities and workers from the risks posed by mine waste storage facilities. We scored the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management to see how it stacks up against the Safety First Guidelines.