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Mining provides a livelihood for millions of men and women around the world, many of whom have few other options for supporting their families. Pact’s Mines to Markets program, or M2M, uses an integrated, holistic approach to help resource-dependent communities improve their lives.
Specializing in areas including health and safety in mining, human rights, traceability and transparency, economic empowerment among miners, mercury abatement and child labor reduction, we help communities to gain lasting benefit from natural resources by using them more sustainably. We also improve governance in the countries where we work, strengthening local, regional and national institutions.
Our M2M program currently operates in eight countries, seven of which are in Africa.
While there is no such thing as “sustainable mining” because mineral resources are finite and non-renewable, mining can be responsible and its benefits sustainable. With the right support, all mining producers—whether artisanal or large-scale—can be more environmentally and socially responsible and can deliver value beyond the life of a mine.
Mining represents an opportunity: The governments and communities that own and use mineral deposits have just one chance to capture the benefit that those resources can generate through the efficient, legal, regulated and equitable transformation of these natural assets. Pact works with all types of mineral producers and with diverse stakeholders to promote the sector’s formalization and better access to markets.
In partnership with artisanal and small-scale miners, we’re making this often-hazardous activity safer, more efficient, less environmentally damaging and more lucrative.