The consultation is now closed. Very many thanks to everyone who took part in the consultation process. We will follow up with progress and updates soon.

The Global Tailings Review is now consulting on a new draft Global Tailings Standard (herein the “Standard”) that aims to prevent catastrophic failures by creating a step change for the industry in the safety and security of tailings facilities.

Participation in the consultation process is invited via our online portal. We will also be conducting in-country consultations on a sample basis across a broad geographical spread. For further information on these consultations, please click here or email for more information. The consultation period will run until 31 December, 2019.

For more information about the Review, its setup and structure, please visit our governance page, here.

Objective of the consultation

The objective of this consultation is to solicit input from interested and affected stakeholders that both informs and enriches the draft Standard. The content of the draft Standard is available to view within the online consultation portal; however, it is recommended that you read the draft Standard before you visit the portal.

Download a copy of the draft Standard here.

Getting to know the Standard

The draft Standard is organised around six Topic Areas, underneath which sit 17 Principles. Each of these Principles are in turn supported by a set of Requirements.

Below is an overview of the content covered under each Topic Area:

  • Topic Area I Knowledge base requires Operators[1] to develop knowledge about the social, economic and environmental context of a proposed or existing tailings facility, and to conduct detailed site characterisation.
  • Topic Area II Affected communities focuses on project-affected people. It requires human rights due diligence and meaningful engagement of project-affected people.
  • Topic Area III: Design, construction, operation and monitoring of tailings facilities aims to lift the performance bar for designing, constructing, operating and monitoring tailings facilities.
  • Topic Area IV: Management and governance focuses on ongoing management and governance of tailings facilities. It defines a number of key roles, essential systems and critical processes.
  • Topic Area V: Emergency response and long-term recovery covers emergency preparedness and response in the event of a disaster, the re-establishment of ecosystems, and the long-term recovery of affected communities.
  • Topic Area VI: Public disclosure and access to information requires public access to information about tailings facilities in order to fairly inform internal and external stakeholders about risks and impacts, management and mitigation plans, and performance monitoring.

[1] In this Standard, the “Operator” means any person, corporation, partnership, owner, affiliate, subsidiary, joint venture, or other entity, including the State agency, that operates or controls a tailings facility.

Snapshot example

Topic Area VI

Public disclosure and access to information.

Principle 17

Provide public access to information on tailings facility decisions, risks and impacts, management and mitigation plans, and performance monitoring.

Requirement 17.1

Publicly disclose relevant data and information about the tailings facility and its consequence classification in order to fairly inform interested stakeholders.

Online consultation format and functionality

To provide comments and feedback on the draft Standard, please visit our online consultation portal.

The portal is structured as follows:

  • Part 1: You are invited to provide demographic and administrative information about yourself and/or the group you may represent.
  • Part 2: You are invited to provide free-form comments on the Standard in a free text box against each Principle and/or Requirement.
  • Part 3: You are invited to provide quantitative assessments via macro-level multiple choice questions.
  • Part 4: You are invited to submit suggestions on topics to be included in an accompanying Recommendations Report which will be published to support implementation.
  • Part 5: You may attach a file and/or letter with your feedback.

If you do not wish to share your views in this manner, you can send us your feedback directly at:

Please state whether you are willing to let us publish your response publicly on the Global Tailings Review website.

Webinars to discuss the full draft of the Standard

As part of the consultation process, we will be hosting a series of Webinars which will mirror the structure of our in-country consultations covering: an overview of the Global Tailings Review and the content of the draft Standard. Each session will be approximately 1.5 hours. Webinar details can be accessed here.

Your feedback

The Chair and Expert Panel welcome all feedback and suggestions made in good faith, and will consider all comments and submissions received. However, we cannot guarantee that all feedback will be incorporated into the final draft.

At the end of the Review process, the Global Tailings Review will release a Consultation report that reflects feedback, key themes, topics and sentiments from different stakeholder groups. This report will also outline how feedback was processed and, where appropriate, how it was addressed in the final draft of the Standard.

Data protection

Your response will be processed by Traverse on behalf of the Global Tailings Review (GTR), which is co-convened by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), for the purpose of creating a summary report of responses to the consultation on the Global Tailings Review draft Standard. The GTR will have access to all responses as soon as submitted via this survey questionnaire. The consultation summary report will include quotes used to help illustrate the points being summarised. Those responding on behalf of an organisation may be quoted with the organisation’s name. Those responding as individuals will be quoted as ‘Individual’. Not all organisations and individuals will be quoted. Your response will not be used for any other purpose or passed on to any third parties.

Your data will be stored securely by Traverse. They will not store the information you provide any longer than is required for the purposes described above.

You are free to not answer any question you don’t wish to and if you want us to delete your information after this survey is complete, please contact the Traverse Data Processing Officer on or write to:

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