The International Manganese Institute (IMnI) is at an exciting and critical stage in developing a sustainability programme. Contracted to Hatch, the Toronto consulting firm, the programme will be instituted in a timely manner in order to fit within the IMnI 5 year plan with the active participation of IMnI members. IMnI strongly believes that a shared understanding of sustainability will be achieved and responsible business practices will be ensured through implementation of the sustainability programme.
Hatch has conducted a desktop review of the landscape of sustainability relevant to our industry. The review consisted of two parallel efforts, one was to benchmark IMnI against other metals industry associations, and the second was a high level regulatory review.

The data for the benchmarking exercise was collected through a series of interviews with a number of preselected industry associations. The industry associations contacted were: the European Aluminium Association (EAA), the International Copper Association (ICA), the International Zinc Association (IZA), the International Chromium Development Association (ICDA), worldsteel (formerly IISI), the Nickel Institute (NI) and the International Manganese Institute (IMnI). The benchmark study evaluated associations’ key performance indicators in environment, health & safety, sustainability, and preparedness for future issues in these areas. Meanwhile, the regulatory review looked at many aspects starting with overall regulatory limits from various countries globally, followed by a review of papers issued by government research bodies and technical committees.

The results of this double exercise were presented to members of the OHES Committee in the “Manganese Sustainability Workshop”, held last February 16 in Paris to gain insight and feedback for their involvement in implementing the sustainability programme. Hatch emphasised that their initial findings were to serve as guidance on areas of improvement.

A workshop will be held specifically for Board members on June 7th in Dubai, during which they will define both their targets for sustainable development and specific high priority projects the IMnI can take on to achieve them.