St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) September 13, 2013
Jerry Pyatt, president and CEO at The Doe Run Company (Doe Run), spoke on September 11 on the need for the mining industry to find shared values with various stakeholders to build a sustainable future. Pyatt presented a keynote address at the 2013 Innovations in Mining Engineering (IME) Conference.
The IME Conference, held in St. Louis, Mo., September 9-12, brought together global mining leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the industry, including investment risks, minerals engineering education, mine safety and health, and sustainable development.
“The greatest challenge – and opportunity – facing the mining industry today is how to identify shared values between companies, communities, neighbors, government officials and shareholders,” Pyatt said. “Our industry will thrive only if we broaden our definition of success and operate with a sustainable view. Business prospers best when it balances economic, environmental and social responsibilities while delivering value to all of its stakeholders.”
Pyatt noted that while the concept of sustainable business development is not new, the approach has become much more widely accepted in the last several years. Along with a movement toward sustainability, he emphasized a need to better communicate with stakeholders in order to work together to solve problems and achieve shared goals.
“Today, the lead industry faces pressures that overlook the metal’s use in environmentally responsible stored energy solutions,” said Pyatt. “Currently, lead-acid batteries power more than 800 million passenger vehicles globally. Ninety-eight percent of these batteries are recycled in the U.S., recovering the metal for future battery use. Why would products like this be under attack? Part of the answer may be that we have failed to communicate the responsible use and handling of these products. We must do a better job communicating.”
Pyatt finished by challenging attendees to be more willing to speak to groups with different perspectives, and educate broader audiences about the mining industry and the products it supports.
Missouri University of Science and Technology hosts the biennial IME Conference. Leaders from mining operations, academia and students gather to address issues affecting an industry that supports more than 1.98 million direct and indirect jobs in the United States, including more than 65,000 in Missouri. For more information, visit miningconf.mst.edu.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com or sustainability.doerun.com.