Code of Conduct (CoC)

Member Performance

SMI launched its ‘Code of Conduct’ (CoC) on August 4, 2012. SMI’s Code of Conduct (CoC) help the mining sector address sustainability issues. CoC is a set of 10 sustainable mining principles for voluntary adoption by FIMI members and on adopting the code, the FIMI member becomes a member of SMI. The CoC has been evolved in close consultation with industry and other stakeholders, and aligns with international statements like ICMM’s Sustainable Development Framework, with suitable modifications to suit Indian requirements.

Member companies have made a public commitment to improve their sustainability performance and are required to report against their progress on an annual basis which is also the first step towards sustainable mining in India.

The performance assessment for the year 2020-21 has been carried out.Download

Sustainable Mining Principles and Its Key Action Points

These Principles have been evolved in close consultation with industry and other stakeholders to address Indian ethos.



Principle 1: Integrate sustainable development considerations within the corporate decision making process

1. Integration of sustainability principles into company policies and practices.
2. Plan, design, operate & close operations to enhance sustainable development.
3. Encourage and ensure good practice & innovation to improve sustainability performance.
4. Encourage customers, business partners and suppliers of goods and services to adopt principles that are comparable to our own.
5. Provide sustainable development training at all levels in our own employees and those of contractors.
6. Support public policies and practices that foster open and competitive markets.



Principle 2: Conduct business with ethical practices and sound systems of corporate governance

1. Develop and implement ethical business practices.
2. Implement policies and practices that seek to prevent bribery and corruption.
3. Comply with or continually exceed the requirements of applicable laws and regulations.
4. Work with the governments, industry and other stakeholders to evolve appropriate public policy, laws and regulations that facilitate the mining , minerals and metals
    sector’s contribution to sustainable development.



Principle 3: Implement risk management strategies based on valid data and sound science

1. Consult with interested and affected parties in the identification, assessment and management of all significant social, health, safety, environmental and economic
    impacts associated with our activities.
2. Ensure regular review and updating of risk management systems.
3. Inform potentially affected parties of significant risks from mining, minerals and metals operations and of the measures that will be taken to manage the potential
    risks effectively.
4. Develop, maintain and test effective emergency response procedures in collaboration with potentially affected parties.



Principle 4: Seek Continual Improvement in health and safety performance

1. Implement a management system focused on continual improvement of all aspects of operations that could have a significant impact on the health and safety of our own
    employees, those of contractors and the communities where we operate.
2. Provide necessary medical facilities.
3. Take all practical measures to eliminate workplace fatalities, injuries and diseases.
4. Provide all employees with health and safety training, and require employees of contractors to have undergone such training.
5. Implement regular health surveillance and risk based monitoring of employees.



Principle 5: Seek continual improvement of our environment performance based on a precautionary approach

1. Assess the positive and negative, the direct and indirect and the cumulative environment impacts of new projects.
2. Focussed environmental management system to mitigate adverse environmental impacts.
3. Involve local communities and authorities to avoid or minimize local and regional environmental impacts.
4. Rehabilitate land disturbed or occupied by operations with appropriate post mining land uses.



Principle 6: Uphold fundamental human rights and respect cultures, customs and values in dealings with employees and others who are affected by our activities

1. Ensure fair remuneration and work conditions for all employees and do not use forced, compulsory or child labour.
2. Provide for the constructive engagement of employees in upholding the freedom of association and right to collective bargaining.
3. Implement policies and practices to eliminate harassment and unfair discrimination.
4. Provide all relevant staff including security personal with appropriate cultural and human rights training and guidance.
5. Minimize involuntary resettlement and compensate fairly for adverse effects on the community where they cannot be avoided.
6. Respect the culture and heritage of local communities, including indigenous/tribal people.



Principle 7: Contribution to conservation of biodiversity and integrated approaches to land use planning and management

1. Respect legally designated protected areas and culturally sensitive sacred grooves.
2. Emphasis on restoration of natural ecosystems to rebuild local bio diversity.
3. Disseminate scientific data and promote practices in biodiversity assessment and management.



Principle 8: Facilitate and encourage responsible use, reuse and recovery of mined materials including associated natural resources

1. Advance understanding of the properties of mined out resources and their lifecycle effects.
2. Conduct and support research that promotes effective use of resources.
3. Develop and promote the concept of integrated resource management.
4. Provide regulators and other stakeholders with scientifically sound data.
5. Support the development of scientifically sound policies, regulations, standards and material choice decision that encourage the safe use of mined out material.
6. Provide for safe storage and disposal of residual wastes and process residues.



Principle 9: Contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of the communities in which we operate

1. Engage community to discuss and respond to issues and conflict concerning the management of social impacts.
2. Involve affected communities in developing work programs and determining outcomes.
3. Encourage partnerships with governments and non-governmental organizations for effective delivery of programmes.
4. Contribute to skill and capacity building of individuals and community groups.



Principle 10: Implement effective and transparent engagement, communication and verifiable reporting arrangements with our stakeholders

1. Engage with and respond to stakeholders through open an and participative consultation process.
2. Constantly document and report on economic, social and environmental performance.
3. Exchange data, implementation procedures, and experiences even personal wherever necessary.
4. Provide information that is independently verifiable.