Mining and open data
The RMI Report 2020, which was recently released by the Responsible Mining Foundation, is an evidence-based assessment of the economic, environmental, social, and governance (EESG) policies and practices of 38 large-scale mining companies and assessment of 180 of their mine sites in 45 countries.
Companies often show little or no evidence of sharing mine-site-level information on issues of strong public interest for neighbouring communities, workers, governments, investors and end-users. This can include data on local procurement, grievance mechanisms or air and water quality. The RMI Report 2020 shows that it is possible to make data publicly available. Several mining companies are collectively demonstrating a range of good practices and are proving that responsible mining is achievable both at the corporate and mine-site levels.
The report highlights some 70 examples of leading practices, including mine-site-level disclosures that align with the open data principles. The open data principles refer to making information publicly (and freely) accessible, understandable and useful for investors and local stakeholders. Some examples of open data at mine-site levels involve local employment, local procurement and community grievances.