Associations play a critical role in raising awareness for the mining industry. They are the sector’s biggest advocate, helping to promote and maximize the contribution of mining, minerals and metals to sustainable development. They provide leadership and opportunities to members as well as drive social, economic and environmental progress.
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While the industry is a central figure in making modern life work, the mining sector needs all the support it can get. The following 10 associations are doing just that.
The World Gold Council (WGC) is a market development organization that works to stimulate demand for gold, develop innovative uses and take new products to the market. The WGC is everything gold and their voice is heard throughout the entire mining industry.
Focused on advocacy, networking, representation and support, the Global Association of China (GMAC) is committed to supporting the body for both companies and individuals within the international mining community in China.
8. The AusIMM
The Australiasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AUsIMM) represents 1,400 individuals in the global mineral industry. Since 1893, the Association has provided services to professionals engaged in all aspects of the global minerals sector
With members such as ArchCoal, Anglo American, Glencore, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Caterpillar Inc. and Joy Global, the World Coal Association (WCA) is the premier organization for the coal industry. The WCA strives to demonstrate and gain acceptance for the role coal plays in achieving a sustainable and lower carbon energy future.
As one of the oldest trade association in the world, the Nevada Mining Association aims to provide accurate and credible information about mining in Nevada--the leading mineral producing state in United States. The Association conducts education and lobbying on behalf of mining companies and related industries, and strives to build relationships and get involved in current issues related to the Nevada mining industry.
Euromines plays a fundamental role in Europe’s mining industry. In addition to acting as an interface between the European extractive industry and the European authorities and international or intergovernmental bodies, Euromines strives to promote the benefits of the mining sector and its value of both the product and the industry to society.
The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) represents Australia’s exploration, mining and minerals processing industry, both nationally and internationally. The Association aims to support public policy and operational practices for a global competitive minerals industry. Members of the MCA represent 85 percent of Australia’s annual mineral production and more than 90 percent of mineral export earnings.
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) represents the mining industry’s voice in Canada. Founded in 1932, the PDAC has a rich history of promoting a responsible, vibrant and sustainable Canadian mineral exploration and development sector. The Association’s primary role includes advocacy, information and networking.
2. National Mining Association (NMA)
As the voice of America’s mining industry, the National Mining Association (NMA) represents U.S. mining before Congress, the administration, federal agencies, the judiciary and the media. The Association dedicates its resources to focusing on policymaking, regulatory and permitting matters, including litigation.
Since 2001, the International Council on Mining and Metals has served to improve performance in the global mining and metals sector. With 21 of the biggest names in mining, the ICMM aims to drive economic, social and environmental progress through innovative initiatives, programs and guidelines in order to strengthen the contribution of mining, minerals and metals to sustainable development.