IRMA presents to the U.S. State Department
Today IRMA executive director Aimee Boulanger, and senior policy advisor Kristi Disney Bruckner presented before the Department of State’s Clean Energy Resources Advisory Committee (CERAC). CERAC “advises the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources on strategies, programs, and policies related to clean energy mineral supply chains.”
IRMA made nine recommendations to CERAC:
- Recognize the importance of equal governance in multi-stakeholder leadership, engagement, and public access to information.
- Adopt a holistic lens to mining sector management, including a wide range of environmental and social factors.
- Use the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining to assess gaps in domestic legal frameworks, and incorporate best practices on international to local levels.
- Promote an inclusive, participatory, transparent rights-based approach to relationships between mines and communities, with access to remedy.
- Use IRMA standards and audit reports to guide more responsible sourcing of mined materials.
- Encourage mines to engage in IRMA, which connects market value with environmental and social responsibility, and encourages continuing improvement while striving toward best practice.
- Identify and act on opportunities for the U.S. to be a “first mover” on responsible sourcing of mined materials, due diligence, and circularity.
- Foster innovation, strategic planning, and meaningful engagement of workers, communities, NGOs, companies, and investors in the “green” transition
- Collaborate with other governments to enhance environmental and social performance and transparency of the mining sector and supply chains.