Innovation Imperative:

Mining Company of the Future

Clareo works with companies to overcome their innovation deficit and earn their social license to operate.


Clareo works with companies to overcome their innovation deficit and earn their social license to operate.

Mining is the lifeblood of the global economy, yet many of the industry’s core practices have gone largely unchanged for decades. The industry has a persistent, long-term under-investment in innovation. This is no longer sustainable!

The vision of the Mining Company of the Future is to catalyze innovation that will expose new technologies and sustainable practices, and to address critical issues of poor productivity, high unit cost of production, and the ever-declining social license to operate.

The innovation imperative is the greatest it has ever been. The recent surge in prices should not be viewed as a panacea, but rather the stimulus to accelerate commitment, urgency and investment towards the necessary innovation agenda. It is an opportunity that should not be squandered.

At Clareo we have worked with industry leaders to deepen and accelerate innovation that addresses these urgent technological and social license issues plaguing the industry.


“Our industry is damned by the fact that our spending on innovation is one-tenth of the petroleum industry…. If we don’t start to bring innovation back…the major diversifieds will be subsidiaries of General Electric or some other conglomerate that has still got innovation in their vocabulary."

Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive, Anglo American

What We Do

Develop high-impact approaches to innovation

FastPath applies lean startup approaches to accelerate a concept from idea to adoption 

Assess and enhance innovation strategy and capabilities

Provide tools and methods to execute strategy and remain competitive

Drive radical shifts in performance by adapting and applying methods from other industries

Our Approach to Innovation

Mining must address these four pillars of innovation.


Operational Improvements

Look for operational improvements through efforts like continuous improvement and lean thinking, pioneered by Toyota; typically tend to be incremental in nature



Look for significant improvement in key performance metrics; apply learnings and technologies from other industries to existing approaches


Transformative Technology

Look to fundamentally change many aspects of mining through new technologies - rethink and substitute existing processes and approaches


Transformative Business Models

Address issues that impede mining's social license to operate by transforming its business model with a multi-stakeholder engagement approach

In The News

Peter Bryant, managing partner at Clareo and a senior fellow at the Kellogg Innovation Network, discusses the future of mining in Africa and the opportunity for the industry to embrace new technologies and collaborative approaches like the development partner framework, in this interview for CNBC Africa. This interview was filmed during the Mining Indaba conference, Feb. 8-11, 2016.

At the Mining Indaba conference, Feb. 8-11, 2016, Peter Bryant spoke to Business Day about the imperative for innovation in the mining industry, and how the development partner approach can drive better outcomes for all stakeholders in the industry. Peter Bryant is a partner at Clareo and a senior fellow at the Kellogg Innovation Network.

Peter Bryant, partner at Clareo and Senior Fellow, the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN), discusses the mining company of the future at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration's conference. In partnership with the Colorado Mining Association (CMA), the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) hosted a pivotal keynote session during their joint meeting, February 16, 2015.

This webinar with Peter Bryant was provided courtesy of the Society for Metallurgical Engineering. Peter is a Clareo managing partner and a senior fellow at the Kellogg Innovation Network. He discussed the imperative for innovation in mining with members of SME in Oct. 2015.

Peter Bryant, Partner at Clareo and Co-Chair of the KIN Catalyst, describes what a KIN Catalyst is at KIN Global 2012: Where to Next? The summit convened global innovators from May 30 - June 1 on the Kellogg School of Management Campus.

Clareo partner Peter J. Bryant, natural resources expert and KIN Senior Fellow; Mark Cutifani, CEO, AngloGold Ashanti and KIN Catalyst sponsor; and Robert C. Wolcott, KIN Founder, introduce KIN Catalyst and The Mining Company of the Future. (Brazil, Sept. 2012)

This retrospective of KIN Catalyst—The Mining Company of the Future starts with the first gathering of more than 50 leaders in Brazil in April 2012 through to the unveiling of the transformational Development Partner Framework at the Ford Foundation in Dec 2015.

Incremental innovation won't be enough keep today's mining companies afloat. But today, companies don't want to invest in research and development. So where and how will change happen? Kulvir Gill of Clareo Partners has some ideas. This presentation, recorded 12/04/14, is part of McEwen Mining's Innovation Lunch and Learn Series, hosted at the company's Toronto office.

How can we help?


Building foresight, and a powerful agenda for growth and innovation.


Transformative growth. Radical improvement. The tools to get it done.


Inspiring and equipping leaders with breakthrough thinking and capability.