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IRMA is the answer to the global demand for more responsible mining


Two new IRMA assessments in South Africa have commenced. Find about how to participate in the audits of the Sishen and Kolomela mines, and learn more about these iron ore mine sites.

The first IRMA audit of a lithium mining operation is now underway in Chile’s Salar de Atacama region. Read about the Salar Plant assessment and other ongoing mine site assessments in Brazil and South Africa, and about stakeholder engagement opportunities in these audits.

The IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining (v.1.0) is now available in Chinese. We extend an enormous thank you to BMW for their generous donation of funds to support this translation. View the Chinese translation.

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Benefits of certifying your mine with IRMA

The IRMA standard offers the only third-party certification of industrial-scale mine sites for all mined materials that is governed equitably by the private sector, local communities, civil society, and workers.

  • A comprehensive and internationally recognised standard
  • Step-by-step, not pass/fail: mines at any level are encouraged to participate
  • Developed over ten years in consultation with more than 100 companies and organizations
  • Start right away with self-assessment

How IRMA helps

IRMA is proud to collaborate with some of the world’s leading organisations working to improve responsible mining. Find out how IRMA membership could benefit you.

Mining Site

Mining Companies

Improve practices and receive independent third-party verification.
Purchasing Companies

Purchasing Companies

Reap the benefits of commitment to sourcing from certified mines.
NGOs and Communities

NGOs & Communities

Partner with us to raise awareness of the need for responsible mining.
Labor: Photo Credit: Carrizal Mining


Protect rights and quality of life of workers and their communities.


Improve policy, incentivize protection of environmental, social and economic value.


Find out how lenders, investors and insurers benefit from membership.

Share our vision of a responsible mining industry.

Membership in IRMA is now open for applications from all stakeholders. Membership is a good first step towards engagement in IRMA and provides organizations with an opportunity to inform the globe’s most comprehensive definition of ‘responsible mining.’

Responsible Mining Map

The Responsible Mining Map

The Responsible Mining Map is an interactive tool that allows diverse stakeholders involved in mining (ranging from affected communities to mining companies) to identify global progress in responsible mining.

To explore the map, and to find out how to get your organization listed: