Challenges of Sustainability Certification in Mining Industry
Gilbert Mlongoti Sinjani, Manager, Zambia
Thanks for your interesting point of view on the challenges being faced to obtain this certification.
My take is sustainability certification should be an ethical issue and left to the industry, in my case the extractive (mining) industry. It is a fact that once minerals (ore, oil, gemstone) are removed from the ground they will never grow back. I suggest that the extractor has to establish a form of livelihood for the communities in which they operate and thus leaving a vibrant eco-system.
Leaving the certification to this industry addresses all the four challenges you have raised. Generally the players in this industry are global and the other dimension to the certification is to develop local/indigenous extractive companies through the value chain. There are international standard bodies that these companies report to addressing the complexity of standards. The companies are generally large so the cost of compliance, issues global versus local and scale versus credibility are addressed in greater detail.