Sustainable Bauxite Mining Guidelines

Australia has amongst the highest standards of bauxite mining globally, and our bauxite sector has potential for strong growth.

At the same time changes are occurring in global bauxite supply with new countries and new operators entering the market.

Sustainable bauxite mining practices are critical to the global reputation of the industry. Sustainable practices should be perceived and valued as a competitive advantage for all mining companies.

In 2018, the Australian Aluminium Council co-authored the Sustainable Bauxite Mining Guidelines together with the International Aluminium Institute and the Brazilian Aluminium Association, aiming to share the expertise learned from decades of sustainable mining practices in Australia with the global industry.

The guidelines aim to identify and communicate the criteria and encourage emerging bauxite suppliers to improve their practices in line with the rest of the global industry. The applicability to a range of countries has been enhanced using case studies from areas as diverse as Australia, Brazil, Jamaica, Guinea, India, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The guidelines have been updated and the second edition was published in February 2022.