Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Mining Sector

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Louis Coppola

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Sustainability – What Matters in the Mining Sector
23-miningRecent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Mining Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 38 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.
The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Mining Sector are:

  1. Biodiversity
  2. Water
  3. Market Presence
  4. Overall (Environmental)
  5. Indigenous Rights
  6. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  7. Equal Remuneration for Women and Men
  8. Emissions, Effluents and Waste
  9. Materials
  10. Non-Discrimination

Results:  The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:
The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:
Organizations included in the Mining Sector study are:
Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM), Anglo American PLC, Antofagasta PLC, AuRico Gold, Aurizon Mines, Barrick Gold, Cameco, Cliffs Natural Resources, Codelco, Compañía Minera Doña Inés De Collahuasi, El Brocal, Fairmount Minerals, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Goldcorp, Iamgold, Infrasors, Kinross Gold Corporation, LA CIMA, LKAB, Lundin Mining, New World Resources (NWR), Newmont Mining Corporation, NovaGold Resources Inc., Osisko, OZ Minerals, Penoles, PT Antam, RHI, Rio Tinto, Royal Bafokeng Platinum, S&B Industrial Minerals, Sama, Samarco Mineração, Teck Resources, Xstrata, Xstrata Coal, Yamana Gold, Yanacocha
About G&A Institute (
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton ( 

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