The Brazilian Mining Association (IBRAM), a national private non-profit organization, represents the companies and institutions that operate in the mining sector.
Considered the representative for Brazilian Mining, the Association brings together more than 130 associates that, directly or indirectly, are part of the Brazilian mining activity.
The Association organizes debates, events, studies, research and statistics related to mining economy in order to foster innovation in the sector, as well as disseminate the best practices and technologies available in the market.
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Our governance consists of a team with qualified professionals dedicated to the sector and the society. Our Executive Board, Administrative Board and Committees work with transparency, equity, accountability and great responsibility. We have a global vision of our actions in the environment in which we are inserted, as well as our relationships with people and the ecosystem.
While capital markets have increasingly focused on social requirements, panelists at the Brazil-Canada Exclusive Capital Markets Roundtable yesterday discussed strategies and opportunities to address this new investment environment in the Brazilian mining sector. Most participants praised the experience of developing partnership relations with project stakeholders in the country and highlighted the importance of adopting a holistic approach to achieving ESG goals. Ned Jalil, CEO at Appian Capital Brazil – Mineracao Vale Verde, said that companies shouldn’t focus only on traditional checklists for obtaining project licenses, but also make efforts to be part of the community. He noted that thinking about how mining activities would impact neighbors, farmers, the environment, and local government early on in the company’s operation allowed them “not to only focus on obtaining the license, which was given, but actually involve ourselves with the stakeholders in an early engagement.” Moderating the event, the CEO at PROACTIVA, Rafael Benke, noted the importance of the exploration phase for obtaining the so-called social license. “This is the primary opportunity to tackle a lot of matters that will potentially occur throughout the operations.” He added that failing to communicate what will be done during the exploration phase may affect trust and the company’s ability to do proper consultation and framing of its presence in that environment. “It’s a very crucial moment for all subsequent activities in the mining activity.” Jones Belther, Senior Vice President Mineral Exploration & Technology at Nexa Resources, agreed that exploration has a big role in terms of starting smoothly, and maintaining good relations with the community. He mentioned the importance this has added to the assets from an investment point of view. “Investors used to look much more to internal rate of return and the most common pressure nowadays is how is your relation with society, what is the perception of the community of your operation, what is the legacy you are going to leave there in terms of the environment.” Edson Ribeiro, Director of Exploration Projects at Vale, explained that Vale trains geologists, managers, and the more senior staff in ESG principles, as well as provides tools that allow them to run a social diagnostic for each area that they arrive in. “We don’t have a standard package for all areas, so we can work on the real needs of each community,” he said, adding that having all this information organized in a systematic way prevents the company from, for instance, “talking to somebody who does not represent the community.” Greg McNab, Partner at Baker McKenzie, stressed that “It’s not every company that figures out the way to communicate exactly what their business is doing in a plausible way.” He applauded Brazil’s approach to incentivizing mining exploration, by providing geological, geophysical, and geochemical information at no cost, as well as helping potential investors to interpreter all this data. “Brazil is making it easier not only to identify opportunities but actually to explore and develop them.” McNab also pointed out the promising scenario for mining exploration. “NeverRead more
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MINING IN NUMBERS
The Brazilian Mining Association (IBRAM) releases an Infographic with the main data of the Brazilian mining sector for the four quarters of the year.Read more
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