Keep pace with the demand for reporting
Mining companies are becoming overwhelmed by the continual stream of ESG and sustainability questionnaires from investors, credit rating agencies, regulators and downstream OEMs. The requirement to report against the dozens of international standards and assurance frameworks can prove bewildering. The rapid uptick in expectations around climate change action, reporting and disclosure is proving hard to keep up with, let alone put in place the practices needed to meet daunting targets.
Recent policy changes in Europe and the US around critical and conflict minerals will only increase the pressure on companies to prove responsible operating practices, some of which have often been in place for many years. Given the increasing reliance on extracted minerals across modern society, this surge in due diligence can make mines feel unfairly targeted and misunderstood.
Manage the challenge with
a comprehensive strategy
TDi Sustainability understands both the upstream concerns and the downstream need for information. We provide a conduit for the supply chain, helping to bridge the trust gap and facilitate the necessary flow of evidence.
We work closely with mining companies to develop a comprehensive ESG operating and reporting strategy. Our experience in helping to build industry standards and conduct audits brings intimate knowledge of what’s needed to convey the right information. Using a tested six-step methodology, we pull the different aspects of an organisation under the same integrated strategy.
The choice of operating standards, assurance frameworks and certifications is vast. With their encyclopaedic knowledge, our team have led, advised and supported the design and development of many sustainability standards and codes in the extractives and other natural resource sectors, including Copper Mark, Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance, Towards Better Mining, the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, Lead Battery 360, Bettercoal, World Gold Council standard and many more. We help mining companies to understand these and decide whether to apply them – and then implement them and monitor their performance. TDi can help you prepare for audit and due diligence.
Social license to operate
Stakeholder materiality is high priority for any successful mine. Maintaining that social licence to operate – under the constant gaze of international NGOs that are determined to stand up to mining – presents an ongoing challenge. TDi Sustainability are experts in building and maintaining relationships between big and small mining neighbours and resolving local conflict.
Our Impact Facility assists clients in making a positive impact within local communities. We help to foster the co-existence of large and artisanal mining, working directly with organisations in Africa and South America. By understanding local needs and motivations, we assess the policies and strategies to engage with neighbours, set a path for peaceful interaction and find partners to develop the capacity of artisanal miners.
Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform Launch
After 5 years of collaboration, the Coloured Gemstones Working Group (CGWG) announced today the launch of the Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform. The Platform, developed by sustainability consulting firm TDI Sustainability together with and thanks to funding from the CGWG, is an open and available resource centre for the entire gemstone and jewellery industry, a unique capability building initiative to catalyse positive change for the sector, from within.
Trends in Stakeholder Reporting: Mineral Supply Chains
Fantastic to collaborate with the Business and finance at the OECD on researching and writing this latest paper on trends in public stakeholder reports for mineral supply chains – looking at who is publishing on issues and impact on which materials and where.
‘Deep-Sea Minerals: Why Manufacturers and Markets Should Engage Now’ has been published by the World Economic Forum, written by the team at TDi Sustainability. The paper is the second in a series of three briefing papers for the Deep-Sea Minerals Dialogue, which aims to engage manufacturers that have metals in their supply chain and the market exchanges that trade them. The Dialogue is impartial and aims to inform these businesses of the importance of the topic, their stake in decisions about deep-sea mineral development, the opportunity to engage and to formulate a plan of action.
In line with their commitment to ensure their products positively contribute to people and planet, Swarovski commissioned TDI to support the brand in establishing a stakeholder engagement program and a fully transparent, responsible supply chain for Swarovski Genuine Gemstones; one that most benefits the communities unearthing these shining natural wonders.Read More
The Coloured Gemstones Working Group
The gemstone and jewellery industry plays a vital economic role for millions of people around the world. It is a diverse and vibrant industry comprising companies of all types, size, and shape. Each company plays a fundamental role in transforming precious stones and minerals into unique jewellery pieces we love. Yet, more can be done to ensure that the industry protects the livelihoods of all who work in it, and depend on it, as well as the environment.Read More