Equal, multi-stakeholder leadership is what makes IRMA unique.

We are governed by a Board of Directors with two representatives from each of six sectors, including:

Mining companies
Companies that purchase mined materials to make other products
Non-governmental organizations
Affected communities
Organized labor
Investment and finance

Decision making

IRMA seeks to achieve balanced representation of all six sectors through a variety of mechanisms (Board of Directors, committees and working groups) in all significant deliberations and decision-making. Unless otherwise determined by the Board of Directors, all working groups and committees of IRMA, whose work shall result in recommendations to the Board, shall ensure balanced representation by each of the Member sectors mentioned above.

Board members strive to make decisions by consensus. Where they cannot achieve this, they agree to vote. However, any vote that results in two “no” votes from the same sector does not pass and the issue must go back to the full group for further discussion and resolution. This means that a topic cannot pass if one of the stakeholder groups is fundamentally opposed.