A recent article in The Guardian by Lisa Sachs, Co-Chair of the Thematic Network on Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources and Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), highlights the role the mining sector can play in achieving the SDGs, sharing the findings of Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: A Preliminary Atlas. Sachs writes in The Guardian,
“The mining and metals sector is uniquely placed to support the realisation of the SDGs. Large-scale mining is a global industry operating in all corners of the world, and often in remote and under-developed areas where it is capable of mobilising financial, technological and physical resources on a vast scale. According to the International Council on Mining and Metals, mining regularly comprises up to 20% of government revenues, and between 60-90% of total foreign direct investment, in many low- and middle-income countries.
However, while the mining and metals sectors have the potential to catalyse the achievement of a number of the SDGs, mining has historically also caused or exacerbated many problems that the SDGs seek to address. … In practical terms, the Atlas aims to assist mining companies of all sizes in identifying where their activities – from exploration through to mine closure – can align with, and promote achievement of the SDGs.”