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A global contribution to mining sustainability recognised.

Gavin Murray has become the first Australian to win the prestigious Dr Adrian Smith International Environmental Mining Award for his achievements in addressing the environmental and social aspects of mining within the international mining industry.

Only two individuals have previously won the award which has very rigorous nomination and international judging criteria. Recipients must have demonstrated a track record of innovatively resolving environmental and social problems, and in doing so have gained the international respect of peers, governments and non-government organisations.

Murray's achievements span the last two decades in both developed and developing countries. He was most recently Director of Environment and Social Development at the International Finance Corporation (the private sector arm of the World Bank) in Washington DC where he introduced a business model for international financing of environmental and social sustainability. The model gave impetus for The Equator Principles, now adopted by global finance institutions to facilitate responsible project financing.

Prior to this, while occupying sustainability leadership positions in Canada and Australian with Place Dome group, he negotiated one of Australia's first Aboriginal heritage agreements. Murray also established a multi-stakeholder oversight process for community issues in a major mining project in Papua New Guinea.

He was involved in the Global Mining Initiative, which resulted in the international Mining, Minerals, and Sustainable development project addressing the responsible evolution of the industry. Perhaps most notably, Murray helped establish the World Alliance for Community Health, a private sector initiative working in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO), which continues to benefit Aboriginal and Papua New Guinean communities.
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Date:Jul 1, 2004
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