Independence and transparency are essential to the success of the process, which is why the review has been co-convened by ICMM, PRI and UNEP. The review and development of an international standard on tailings storage facilities is overseen by an independent chair and informed by a multi-stakeholder advisory group comprising representatives from civil society, multilateral organisations, financial institutions and academia.
Dr Bruno Oberle is responsible for determining the scope of the global tailings review, and overseeing its compilation. Dr Oberle will appoint and draw on the advice of an expert panel to help draft the international standard for tailings facilities and related report, and run public online and regional consultations on the draft standard and report. At key points in the process, he will consult with a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group and the co-convenors of the review (see below).
The Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group comprises representatives from a variety of groups – including civil society, academia, multilateral institutions, oversight institutions and business – and is empowered to provide consultative input to the Chair and expert panel at key points during the process.
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) share a commitment to global best practice in the mining and metals sector. They are co-convening this global tailings review to deliver an an international standard on the safe management of tailings storage facilities. While the standard would become an ICMM company member commitment, the co-convening partners will also work together to encourage others to adopt the standard more broadly.