Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho
This document seeks to build on many prior efforts to identify environmentally and socially responsible mining practices undertaken by others in the NGO, industry, and academic communities. The authors gratefully acknowledge the work of others, including as a result of the Mining, Minerals, and Sustainable Development (MMSD); Extractive Industries Review (EIR); Global Reporting Initiative (GRI); the World Conservation Union (IUCN)-International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) dialogue, and the GRI mining sector supplement. The authors are also grateful for the support and insights provided by Stephen D’Esposito, Payal Sampat, and Alan Septoff at EARTHWORKS throughout the development of this project.

Comments were sought on earlier drafts of this framework from representatives of mining companies, local communities affected by mining, social and environmental NGOs, academics, labor organizations, and governments. The authors would like to thank Anna Cederstav, Richard Cellarius, Peter Colley, Luke Danielson, Cristina Echavarria, Keith Ferguson, Antonio La Viña, Stu Levit, Ingrid Macdonald, Fergus MacKay, Paul Mitchell, Glenn Mpufane, David Putt, Michael Rae, Mohammad Rafiq, Keith Slack, Viviane Weitzner, Ian Wood, and Carlos Zorrilla for their insightful comments. Reviewers provided comments reflecting their professional expertise. Their participation should not be interpreted as an institutional endorsement from any organizations with which they are or have been affiliated. While recognizing the contributions of those mentioned above, the authors take full responsibility for the opinions expressed in this draft framework.

The authors would also like to thank those whose current and past support made this report possible: Brainerd Foundation, Bullitt Foundation, Ford Foundation, Goldman Fund, Scherman Foundation, Tiffany & Co. Foundation, True North Foundation, and Wilburforce Foundation.