The International Council on Mining and Minerals (ICMM) has released its 2012 annual review charting its accomplishments and its strategic direction through 2015; the council represents 22 mining and metals companies and 34 mining and commodity associations to address sustainable development challenges worldwide. For the fourth consecutive year, ICMM member progress was assessed against international reporting commitments. Twenty of its 22 member companies obtained a G3 A+ application level — compared with 17 in 2011 and 15 the year before.

“ICMM has much to be proud of,” said ICMM President Anthony Hodge, who previously served as Kinross professor of Mining and Sustainability at the U.K.’s Queen’s University at Kingston. “Yet we know the mining and metals industry continues to face a substantial trust deficit. Trust must be founded on more than words— it needs concrete commitments and efforts to understand perspectives and solution building that respects all interested parties.”

Established in 2001, the London-based ICMM is considered a global catalyst for performance improvement in the mining and metals sectors, while addressing core sustainable development issues faced by the industry.