In a recent article published in Mineral Economics, Elisabeth Clausen and Aarti Sörensen of RWTH Aachen discuss the technological and non-technological breakthroughs required for managing the current transformation pushed by global sustainability and climate challenges. Automation and digitalisation are changing the way minerals and metals are extracted and provide important tools for designing and implementing the mine of the future. However, for successfully responding to the changing landscape of stakeholder expectations mining companies need to adopt a mind-set of the human-centred climate smart mine and break through traditions that keep them from successfully positioning themselves as builders of social value.