170+ signatories from human rights and environmental organizations, grassroots communities and unions from 30 countries worldwide

sent a declaration to COP 26 climate negotiators, calling on them to commit to centering human rights and environmental impacts of mining, including for battery minerals.

The groups also urged negotiators to prioritize low-impact circular economy solutions and ensure responsible minerals sourcing through “adherence to stringent international environmental and human rights standards with independent, third-party verification of compliance, such as the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining.”