IRMA’s approach to responsible mining is to certify social and environmental performance at mine sites globally using an internationally recognized standard that has been developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.

Impartial, credible certification addresses purchaser demand for greater options in mined materials and civil society’s desire for transparency and truthfulness about whether a mine is taking steps to reduce potential harm and make continuous improvement.

    What makes us different

    Our global standard, developed over ten years and in consultation with more than 100 companies and organizations, covers all mined materials, except for energy fuels, for all sizes of industrial mines and in all parts of the world.

    We are governed by labor unions, mining-affected communities, environmental and social justice organizations, as well as mining companies and those businesses that buy mined materials. In IRMA, no single type of organization or industry can make decisions that do not work for other stakeholder groups. This is what makes IRMA accountable to all.

    Learn more about our multi-stakeholder leadership.

    “Earthworks believes that IRMA’s strength lies in the authentic engagement of both corporate and civil society stakeholders, and its commitment to raising the bar on environmental and human rights standards for mining. This kind of debate and dialogue between parties who don’t always see eye to eye isn’t easy – but it’s essential to building a robust, credible system for improving mining practices.”

    Payal Sampat

    International Program Director, Earthworks

    How we collaborate

    Everything we do is in collaboration. This ranges from facilitating working groups on special topics, to connecting companies and organizations through the Responsible Mining Map, to testing the standard in places or on issues where stakeholders are invested.

    We also work with other sustainability standards and ensure our activities are compatible with recognized chain-of-custody or traceability solutions for different products, such as jewelry, electronics or green building.

    We engage deeply with both our members and a wide range of other interested groups and individuals.  Learn more.

    “In responding to the urgent challenges of sustainable development, IndustriALL Global Union, as the world’s biggest global union, is proud to be associated with IRMA in a joint effort to develop a credible multi-stakeholder certification and assurance reporting system for the mining industry.”

    Kemal Ozkan

    Assistant General Secretary, IndustriALL Global Union

    Why get certified

    Industrial mine sites that engage with us can:

    • Get independent validation that their mine is responsibly managed
    • Be transparent about their practices
    • Show they are committed to continuous improvement

    The Standard recognizes different performance levels, and certification is awarded to mines meeting relevant best practice requirements. Status and associated claims are offered to mines beginning with those that meet core requirements.

    ​Use the self-assessment tool now and get auditor-verified scoring later this year.

    Full certification awards will begin in late 2019. Before that time there are still ways to be recognized for commitment to responsible mining.

    Learn more.

    “As interest in the responsible sourcing of metals and minerals grows, it is important to have standards that meet the needs of the wide variety of customers that mining serves, and address the expectations of society as a whole. We look forward to trialling the IRMA Self-Assessment Tool and to continuing to contribute to the development of IRMA as a demonstration of our commitment to responsible mining.“


    Group Head of Social Performance and Engagement, Anglo American