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mapping_mining_sdgs_an_atlas_coverThe Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Economic Forum have released the report Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas. The report is available in English, Spanish, and French. 

The Atlas maps the relationship between mining and the SDGs by using examples of good practice in the industry and existing knowledge and resources in sustainable development that if replicated or scaled up could make useful contributions to the SDGs. Mining companies, their staff, management and boards are the primary audience for the Atlas. The Atlas is also intended to advance the conversation about how mining companies, can work collaboratively with governments, communities, civil society and other partners to contribute to achieve the SDGs.

The Atlas contains a chapter for each of the SDGs focusing on the contribution the mining industry can make to that goal through its business operations as well as identifying opportunities for how mining companies can collaborate with other stakeholders. Each chapter also includes case studies on which to draw in building innovative, systematic and sustained collaborative efforts.

Some overall conclusions that can stimulate action as well as further debate and research include:

  • The mining industry has the opportunity and potential to positively contribute to all 17 SDGs.
  • While the mining industry is diverse, the scope and nature of typical mining activities highlight some SDGs where mining can have particularly significant impacts
  • Achieving sustainable development is challenging and the mining industry must ramp up its engagement, partnership, and dialogue with other industry sectors, government, civil society and local communities.

This report was initially launched as a draft for public consultation on January 13, 2016. The revised, final version takes into consideration hundreds of comments submitted by dozens of organizations and individuals, as well as several in-person discussions of the document with multi-stakeholder groups.