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Mining Association recognises environmental and community engagement achievements in Canada’s mining sector

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The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has awarded Agnico Eagle and Cameco, leaders in Canada’s mining sector, with 2020’s Towards Sustainable Mining® (TSM) Excellence Awards in recognition of their innovative sustainability projects focused on community engagement and environmental stewardship.

TSM is a performance-based programme whereby mining operations evaluate, manage and publicly report on critical environmental and social responsibilities. The programme’s main objective focuses on enabling mining companies to meet society’s needs for minerals, metals and energy products in the most socially, economically and environmentally responsible way and it has been highly successful in encouraging more sustainable practices in mining. In fact, TSM has been formally adopted by mining associations in several countries outside of Canada, including Spain, Argentina, the Philippines, Brazil, Finland, Botswana and, most recently, Norway. Each year, the TSM Excellence Awards honour companies who have done exemplary work in ensuring responsible mining practices.

“MAC’s TSM Excellence Awards represent the best of the best when it comes to showcasing the innovative work being done by Canadian mining on innovation in environmental stewardship and community engagement,” said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of MAC. “We are extremely proud of what both Cameco and Agnico Eagle have been able to accomplish as they highlight what is possible and achievable in terms of sustainable and collaborative practices in our sector.”

Established in 2014, the TSM Excellence Awards include the TSM Environmental Excellence Award and the TSM Community Engagement Excellence Award. To be eligible for the awards, mining companies must be actively implementing the TSM initiative. TSM is overseen by the Community of Interest Advisory (COI) Panel, which consists of individuals from Canada’s three Indigenous communities, environmental organisations, labour representatives, individuals involved in finance, local mining communities, social and faith-based organisations, academics and those involved in international development. The COI panel provides guidance and advice on the development and maintenance of TSM and annually selects the winners of the TSM Excellence Awards.

“There are many innovative projects and initiatives that expand and promote sustainable development within the mining sector and this year’s TSM Excellence Award winners have shown what is possible when it comes to effective community engagement and environmental stewardship in our industry,” concluded Gratton.

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