Global Accessibility: Tailings Management and Social Performance Resources available for Spanish and Portuguese Audiences

22 April 2024

The educational resource Tailings Management and Social Performance: Navigating the 'GISTM’ developed by The University of Queensland’s Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) is now available for free in both Spanish and Portuguese.

The resource focuses on several of the key social performance dimensions of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM) and is designed to support internal dialogue and foster informed discussions within the mining industry on topics such as an integrated knowledge base, social context, meaningful engagement, and multi-criteria analysis.

CSRM Director Professor Deanna Kemp highlighted the importance of providing access to the resource in multiple languages.

“The decision to offer ‘Tailings Management and Social Performance: Navigating the 'GISTM’’ in Spanish and Portuguese recognises the global relevance of the topic and the diverse linguistic landscape of mining operations worldwide,” she said.

“It reinforces our collaborative efforts to ensure the social aspects of tailings management are integrated into industry practice.”

The resource was initially developed as a workshop format, seed funded by Newmont, to facilitate scenario-based discussions among industry professionals.

Following the establishment of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant; Industrial disasters, disclosure deficits: Can transparency level the playing field, and with the support of the ARC Linkage industry partners, Anglo American, Newmont and Rio Tinto, CSRM was able to commit to the translation and free release of ‘Tailings Management and Social Performance: Navigating the 'GISTM’’ in Spanish and Portuguese.

“Our partners were very supportive of our drive to broaden access and attract a wider audience to discussions on social responsibility and mining operations,” Professor Kemp said.

The resource adds to CSRM’s offering of professional development courses in Spanish and Portuguese, which also includes the Community Relations at Exploration short course.

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