Embedding Social Licence: Perspectives and Promises
SDIMI Conference 2019
Australia is a leading producer of minerals for the world and produces 19 minerals in significant amounts from nearly 400 operating mines. Mining represents in excess of ten per cent of gross domestic product and employs almost 300,000 people directly. The strength of Australia’s resource sector has fueled much of its economic development and helped underpin its social development. This growth has also seen the rise of sustainable mining methodologies, where Australian companies and institutions have developed leading practice solutions now used in Australia and abroad. The Australian mining industry is at the forefront of the global pursuit of sustainable mining, recognising that environmental accountability, social responsibility and commercial success are now inseparable concepts.
The UNSW/Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices Organising Committee of SDIMI 2019 is pleased to present our vision of what should prove to be the preeminent International Sustainability Conference to be held May 27-29, 2019.
The scope and objective of SDIMI 2019 is to recognise an inherent need for raw mineral materials in order to advance sustainable societies and through the use of our scientific, technical, educational and research skills, we should work towards achieving economic prosperity, environmental health and social equity.
The theme for SDIMI 2019 is Social Licence: Perspectives and Promises. There is an acute need to connect with the expectations of knowledge-driven and materials-dependent societies particularly at the local level where high-level goals such as social responsibility in a circular economy with mining is a foundation.
We look forward to welcoming you to Sydney in May 2019!
Prof Michael Hitch, Ph.D., P.Eng. P.Geo
SDIMI 2019 Conference Chair