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50 NGO’s sign open letter recognizing responsible sourcing through IRMA

50 NGOs including Greenpeace, Earthworks, Global Witness and others signed an open letter to the World Bank stating that ‘where sourcing from mining operations is absolutely necessary, purchasers must insist that those operations adhere to stringent international environmental and human rights best-practices standards (such as those developed by the multi-stakeholder Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance)…

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Electric cars can boost responsible mining

New research commissioned by EarthWorks and done by the Institute for Sustainable Futures argues that demand for complex minerals needed by the rise in electric cars should come from recycled or be verified by certification schemes, such as IRMA. Read full article >

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B.C. needs to act quickly to prevent future mine-tailings disasters

Loretta Williams, chairwoman of First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining and Calvin Sandborn, QC, legal director of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria call on Premier John Horgan to act now to protect the workers and communities below tailings dams. Photo Credit: Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press. About five years ago, both B.C. and…

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Catastrophic spill from mining dam threatens thousands of lives

“Vale’s Brumadinho mining waste dam failure is all the more tragic because the mining industry knows how to prevent them, yet failed to act.” — Payal Sampat, Earthworks. Photo Credit: BBC. The Independent Catholic News reports that:  Hundreds of people are missing, 37 people have been confirmed dead and more than 24,000 people have been…

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Tiffany brand launches new diamond sourcing initiative

Tiffany & Co, an IRMA founding member, to share diamond provenance with customers. Leading American jeweler Tiffany & Co. announced a new initiative Wednesday to ensure transparency in its diamond sourcing. “Tiffany & Co. will begin sharing with our customers the provenance, meaning region or countries of origin, of our newly sourced, individually registered diamonds…

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WWF Calls on Corporates to Implement Credible Mining Certification

WWF Germany recently published a report, Boom in Raw Materials: Between Profits and Losses, which offers one of the first concrete rebuttals from a major environmental group against the notion that industry actions alone are enough to move the global industrial mining sector towards greater responsibility. Overall the report says companies need to take the…

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Mine Measure self-assessment tool released

Mine sites can use the self-assessment tool to prepare for independent auditing of achievement, scheduled to begin in 2019, and also provide feedback to IRMA to improve its certification system. Read full press release here.

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