In September, Scott Miller, Newmont’s Group Executive for Environment and Chair of the Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI), joined leaders from around the world at the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Hawaii.
The WCC takes place every four years and is a forum for governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses and communities to discuss major sustainable development issues, propose solutions, and facilitate the sharing of information and experiences. This year, the theme of WCC was “Planet at the Crossroads” – it focused on the idea that nature conservation and human progress are not mutually exclusive pursuits. As the IUCN highlights, cross-sector partnerships and participation by the private sector will help promote human welfare in ways that “support and even enhance our planet’s natural assets.”
As a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) – a sponsor organization of the CSBI – our participation in the WCC was an opportunity to represent responsible mining as a pragmatic partner in biodiversity conservation and to better understand and manage emerging risks to land access. “These conferences provide an opportunity to showcase our conservation projects and highlight the role responsible mining has in conservation. They are also a place to engage with experts and learn from other projects,” said Scott Miller about the WCC.
While at the conference, Scott led a session on the ongoing work of the CSBI and its member companies to develop and promote good practice for biodiversity management in the extractive and financial industries. At Newmont, we work to improve our biodiversity performance and identify leading practices that we can integrate into our management systems through partnerships with conservation organizations, such as with the Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation Program in Nevada and the Black Cockatoo Ecology Project in Australia.
Scott adds, “There is considerable pressure from the conservation community for industry to play a bigger role, [and] responsible companies, like the members of ICMM, can drive best practice through the entire sector.” Through Newmont’s ongoing work with the CSBI and continued engagement at industry conferences like the WCC, we are committed to developing pragmatic solutions to emerging environmental challenges.
To learn more about our approach to biodiversity and the environment, visit Beyond the Mine, our annual sustainability report.