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Guatemala mining association embraces sustainable mining

GUATEMALA, Guatemala, October 28, 2022 /CNW/ – Gremial de Recursos Naturales, Minas y Canteras (GRENAT), the national mining association of Guatemalatoday announced the adoption of Towards sustainable mining (TSM), a productCanada corporate social responsibility performance system that improves environmental and social practices in the mining sector.

Accordingly, GRENAT and its affiliates will adopt a set of indicators that will enable it to measure and publicly report on the most important aspects of its mining industry, including those focused on environmental stewardship and community engagement. efficient.

“Since its origins, mining has continued to evolve. And this evolution would not be complete without including responsible actions to help our planet, take care of our natural resources and, of course, our communities”, said Valery Zurita, CEO of GRENAT. “Joining TSM will allow us to create an even more responsible mining model for Guatemala and continue to move in the right direction, in line with our commitment to national development and creating prosperity for new generations.”

GRENAT joins ten other mining associations around the world, the fourth in Latin America together with Brazil, Colombia and Argentinaby adopting the TSM standard. from Guatemala the mining chamber will adapt TSM’s performance areas to reflect the unique aspects of its mining industry and is committed to implementing them over the next five years.

TSM is a globally recognized sustainability program that helps mining companies manage their key environmental and social responsibilities. TSM was the first mining sustainability standard in the world to require site-level assessments and is mandatory for all member companies of implementing associations. Through TSM, eight critical aspects of social and environmental performance are assessed, independently validated, and reported publicly against 30 distinct performance indicators.

“We feel privileged that Guatemala has chosen TSM to drive positive change in its mining sector and we are very proud of TSM’s increasingly international reach,” said Pierre GratonPresident and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada, partner of TSM. “The past few years have seen the adoption of TSM by other mining associations around the world and the program is now being implemented in Canada, Norway, Finland, Spain, Botswana, Brazil, Argentina, The Philippines, Australia and Colombiawhich allows us to say that TSM is a truly global standard.”

VDMD’s performance is assessed through a set of detailed environmental and social performance standards, including climate change, tailings management, water management, Indigenous and community relations, safety and health, biodiversity conservation, crisis management and prevention of child labor and forced labour. TSM helps improve performance where it matters – at the site level – and helps ensure support for the mining activities of the communities where it operates.

“Joining the TSM standard has been fundamental for the Colombian mining sector, as it has allowed our member companies to improve their awareness of sustainability indicators and develop a work strategy to improve their performance,” said Juan. Camilo Nariño, president of the Asociación Colombiana de Minería, partner of TSM. “TSM is essential to our social license to operate and we applaud from Guatemala the mining association for its adoption of the standard and for beginning its journey towards sustainable mining. »

To ensure that TSM reflects the expectations of civil society and industry stakeholders, it was designed and continues to be shaped by an independent, multi-interest advisory board. As part of its implementation, GRENAT will set up a similar advisory body to perform this valuable monitoring function.

About TSM

The Towards sustainable mining (TSM) is a globally recognized sustainability program that helps mining companies manage their key environmental and social responsibilities. Mining companies are required to report regularly on the implementation of each protocol. In addition, their activities will be evaluated by an external auditor every three years. Please visit


The Guild of Natural Resources, Mines and Quarries -GRENAT-, attached to the Chamber of Industry of Guatemalawas established in 1985 to oversee the operation of responsible mining and its promotion as a driver of economic and social development for Guatemala. For Garnet, responsible mining is understood as operations that are carried out within the framework of the law, acting with transparency, ethics and defense of human rights to bring economic and social development to communities.

SOURCE Towards Sustainable Mining

For further information: Please contact: Cynthia Waldmeier, TSM Communications, Email: [email protected]Telephone: 0 11 613 894 2128