authored Sustainability Schemes for Mineral Resources,” a comparative overview of 19 sustainability schemes for mineral resources.

In their analysis, the authors noted: “The IRMA standard is different from other standards because it is not restricted to certain commodities and its best practice requirements are recognized by both civil society and large companies. The Standard for Responsible Mining is already said to become the most comprehensive and legitimate catalogue of requirements among all schemes due to its long, intense and democratic stakeholder involvement into the standard-setting process.”