On September 11, 2019 Mining.Comreported that “(a)fter two years of debate and consultations, the gold sector has come up with a set of global principles that set out clear expectations for investors and downstream users of what constitutes responsible mining.
Led by the members of the World Gold Council (WGC), an industry body that includes the world’s top producers of the metal, the Responsible Gold Mining Principles (RGMPs) are the result of two years of discussions involving various stakeholders, such as governments, civil organizations, supply chain participants and investors.
Prior to their development, there was no single framework that companies could use to guarantee their practices and output fell under the category of responsible mining.
The RGMPs outline what companies are expected to do to protect the environment, including water and land use, biodiversity and mine closure.”
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