The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) is the answer to a global demand for more socially and environmentally responsible mining.  IRMA offers true independent third-party verification and certification against a comprehensive standard for all mined materials that provides ‘one-stop coverage’ of the full range of issues related to the impacts of industrial-scale mines.

Vision

We envision a world where the mining industry respects the human rights and aspirations of affected communities, provides safe, healthy and supportive workplaces, minimizes harm to the environment, and leaves positive legacies.

Mission

Our mission is to protect people and the environment directly affected by mining. We do this by creating financial value for mines independently verified to achieve best practices, and share this value with the businesses that purchase material from these mines.

Accountability

Our organization is multi-stakeholder led – meaning that it must be accountable to all.  Our governance is equitable and shared by civil society, communities, and organized labor alongside the private sector. Many groups may claim they are multi-stakeholder led, but how decisions are made is where one really sees the issue of equity and shared leadership.  What this means in practice is that IRMA has a decision-making process that strives for consensus, and where consensus cannot be achieved we then vote. However, topics may not pass if one of the stakeholder groups is fundamentally opposed.  In those cases, the topic must continue to be discussed so a resolution may be found. How voting happens, who has a vote, and what weight a vote carries, is key in multi-stakeholder leadership.  While standards systems are proliferating in the mining sector, this equitable governance model is what makes IRMA unique and highly credible, and is one of the reasons more than 60 civil society organizations have stepped forward to publicly state their expectation that mines should engage in IRMA.

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