IRMA’s Standard for Responsible Mining defines good practices for what responsible mining should look like at the industrial-scale. It provides the list of expectations that independent auditors will use as the benchmark for responsible mines.

The requirements in the standard include the following elements:

Business Integrity

  • Legal compliance
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Human rights and due diligence
  • Complaints and grievance mechanisms, and access to remedy
  • Transparency in revenue payments from companies to governments

Planning for Positive Legacies

  • Environmental and social impact, assessment and management
  • Free, Prior and Informed Consent
  • Obtaining community support and delivering benefits
  • Resettlement
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Planning and financing reclamation and closure

Social Responsibility

  • Fair labor and terms of work
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Community health and safety
  • Mining and conflict affected or high-risk areas
  • Security arrangements
  • Artisanal and small-scale mining
  • Cultural heritage

Environmental Responsibility

  • Waste and materials management
  • Water management
  • Air quality
  • Noise and vibration
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Biodiversity, ecosystem services and protected areas
  • Cyanide management
  • Mercury management

View the full standard or individual chapters of the Standard for Responsible Mining (on Resources Page)

Learn more about how the standard was developed and how you can give input.