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CONFEDEM of Spain Adopts Canada's Towards Sustainable Mining Initiative

CONFEDEM, the national mining association of Spain, announced the adoption of Mining Association of Canada's (MAC) mining sustainability standard, the Towards Sustainable Mining® (TSM®) initiative.

The Towards Sustainable Mining® initiative is a sustainability standard developed by the Mining Association of Canada. Mining companies are expected to report annually on the implementation of each protocol. In addition, their performance results are evaluated by an external auditor every three years. Photo: Resource Works

Through this partnership, CONFEDEM aims to integrate TSM with its Gestión Minero Metalúrgica Sostenible (GMMS) standard, including TSM elements such as external verification of site-level performance and the establishment of an independent community of interest advisory panel to oversee the program.

The signing ceremony involving representatives of MAC and CONFEDEM (Confederación nacional de empresarios de la minería y de la metalurgia) was held last 6 March during the PDAC International Convention in Toronto.

CONFEDEM has become the fifth national mining association outside of Canada to adopt TSM. The national mining associations of Finland (FinnMin), Argentina (Cámara Argentinade Empresarios Mineros), Botswana (Botswana Chamber of Mines), and the Philippines (Chamber of Mines of the Philippines) are currently implementing TSM.  

MAC and its members launched TSM in 2004 and is freely shared with other countries seeking tools to improve the environmental and social performance of their mining industries, including engagement with civil society and enhanced transparency and accountability.

TSM requires mining companies to annually assess their facilities' performance in key areas, including tailings management, community outreach, safety and health, biodiversity conservation, crisis management, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions management, and the prevention of child and forced labour. 

To ensure TSM reflects the expectations of civil society and industry stakeholders, it was designed and continues to be shaped by an independent, multi-interest advisory panel. As part of its implementation, CONFEDEM will implement a similar advisory body to provide this valuable oversight function.


"Adopting TSM and incorporating it into our GMMS standard will generate two parallel benefits. It will allow us to draw from Canada's deep and broad experience in sustainable mining practices while enabling us to engage effectively with civil society, build trust and work collaboratively to continue building a sustainable mining industry," stated Vicente G. Peinador, General Director, CONFEDEM.

"CONFEDEM's adoption of TSM builds on its already significant work in driving sustainability performance within Spain'smining sector through its GMMS standard. Through this partnership, CONFEDEM will integrate world-leading TSMelements into its current system, including external verification of results and community oversight. We're proud to share our expertise in sustainable mining practices with countries that share the same vision," stated Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC.