Leading Practice


The future of the Australian minerals industry is inseparable from the global pursuit of sustainable development.

The Australian minerals industry is committed to contributing to the sustained growth and prosperity of current and future generations through the integration of economic progress, responsible social development and effective environmental management.

A number of objectives underpin these goals. These include:

  • Industry awareness and effective uptake of sustainable development goals
  • Minerals industry leadership in environmental practices and performance based on continual improvement and excellence
  • Continual improvement in socially responsible minerals development including working with communities to ensure they benefit from the conversion of natural resources into societal capital
  • Progressively increased credibility and awareness of the industry's sustainable development activities.
Enduring Value – the Australian Minerals Industry Framework for Sustainable Development

Enduring Value puts the minerals industry’s commitment to sustainable development into practice.

The Enduring Value framework drives continuous improvement of the industry’s performance on the social, safety and environmental aspects of its activities in three ways:

  • It is a condition of membership of the MCA that companies accept the principles of Enduring Value
  • It assists the industry to operate in a manner that is attuned to the expectations of the community and which seeks to maximise the long-term benefits to society that can be achieved through the effective management of Australia’s natural resources
  • It provides practical guidance to companies on how to translate the ten principles of Enduring Value into practices that support their sustainable development goals.
Environmental performance

The industry’s approach to environmental management centres on a goal of continuous improvement. Specific initiatives to give practical effect to this management approach include:

Investing in communities

The minerals industry seeks to maximise socio-economic value from the development of natural resources. Specific initiatives to give practical effect to this management approach include:

Safety and Health

The minerals industry’s number one value and commitment is the safety and health of its workforce, where everyone who goes to work in the industry returns home safely. Specific initiatives to give practical effect to this management approach include: