Recognizing the economic, demographic and technological transformations impacting the mining & metals sector, the World Economic Forum has launched a new initiative: Mining & Metals in a Sustainable World 2050. The initiative will outline key issues, such as the future workforce, new and disruptive technologies, and opportunities related to frontier mining and the circular economy. It will also identify the building blocks for a successful transition to a sustainable world scenario for the industry, and develop a roadmap outlining necessary actions and milestones to facilitate systemic change within the sector.
The Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mining & Metals will serve as an advisory board, providing the Forum’s Industry community with vision, insight and strategy. The mandate will be closely aligned with the Mining & Metals in a Sustainable World 2050 initiative.
The council will also build on the legacy of the Global Agenda Council on Responsible Mineral Resource Management (2012-2014), which was instrumental in the design and development of the Responsible Mineral Development Initiative (RMDI). Created by the Forum in 2010, the RMDI began with worldwide consultation and analysis. This led to the development of the Mineral Value Management toolkit and the establishment of collaborative dialogue platforms in a number of countries where mineral development is or will be important (e.g. Peru, Chile, Mongolia, Tanzania, Guinea and Mozambique). These platforms operate at the local and national levels, exploring perceptions and attitudes regarding the value of the minerals industry and collaboratively assessing the mining sector’s social and economic potential, as well as its dealings with government. The council will advise on the global implementation, partnerships, governance and future of the initiative.
Forum Lead: Gillian Davidson, Head of Mining and Metals Industries, Basic and Infrastructure Industries, Gillian.Davidson@weforum.org