IRMA is the only organization with a global standard that covers all mined materials (except energy fuels) coming from all sizes of industrial mines all over the world, and measures achievement at the site of the mine.


We are governed equitably by a diverse set of stakeholders.


We measure responsible practices in mining across social, environmental and corporate responsibility broadly.


We use independent third-party auditors for credible verification of achievement, and define both “best practices” as well as ways to show improvement by any mine regardless of where they are starting from.


We are recognized as credible by both leading companies as well as civil society not-for-profit organizations.


Our decision-making process is unique and based on consensus, in which support is required from all sectors. No single organization, company, or stakeholder sector has authority to make decisions that don’t work for other stakeholder groups.


IRMA leadership is made up of non-government environment and social justice groups (NGOs), organized labor unions, mining-affected communities, mining companies, and companies who purchase mined materials to make into other products, e.g. jewelry companies.


The Standard for Responsible Mining was developed through a public consultation process – we received more than 2,000 comments from over 100 different individuals and organizations. IRMA aspires to comply with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards.


The Standard for Responsible Mining has gone through multiple drafts to improve it and had field tests to “ground truth” the standard through simulated mine audits in the United States and Zimbabwe.


2018-2019 is the Launch Phase of IRMA – we are testing the Standard’s metrics, increasing connections through our Responsible Mining Map, seeking additional partnerships and expanding membership, offering mine self-assessment against the Standard, and getting ready for full certification services that will begin in mid-2019.