The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) announced Richard Adkerson, president, chief executive and vice chairman of Freeport-McMoRan as its new chair, effective immediately. He succeeds Don Lindsay, chief executive of Teck Resources Ltd.
ICMM is governed by the CEOs of its 27 company members, with officers appointed from within this group for approximately a two-year term. The chair leads ICMM on the mission of strengthening the environmental and social performance of the mining and metals industry and building recognition of its contribution to local communities and society at large.
Mr Adkerson has been a member of ICMM since 2005 and previously served as chairman from 2008-2011. Iván Arriagada, CEO of Antofagasta PLC, is deputy chair.
Tom Butler, CEO of ICMM, said: “This is a critically important time for the industry in terms of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of the new Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management, which was announced earlier this month, and the growing focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues by stakeholders in the global metals and mining industry.”
“[Don's] tenure has seen the achievement of significant milestones in our progress towards driving performance improvements in the industry at scale. I look forward to continuing this journey with the benefit of Richard’s immense experience and understanding of our sector,” Mr Butler concluded.
“As modern mining companies, we produce commodities and materials essential to the global economy and for the well-being of people throughout the world,” Mr Adkerson said. “ICMM will continue to advance initiatives to manage responsibly impacts of our operations on the environment and to promote the economic and social sustainability of communities where we operate for the benefit of all stakeholders.”