With the release of the Draft Standard for Responsible Mining and Mineral Processing V2.0 (Español and English), IRMA began public consultation to improve the Standard originally released in 2018.
We welcome input from all stakeholders and Indigenous rights holders to help us shape a current and shared definition of responsible mining.
We have a shared responsibility
Although most of us will never visit a mine, all of us used mined materials daily: in our phones and laptops; in the cars, buses, trains or bikes we use to get around; in the buildings and furniture we use every day, and so much more.
Mining operations are complex and disruptive, and we have a collective responsibility for reducing their impacts. While many sectors rely on mining, from jewelry and cosmetics to travel and agriculture, the energy transition has heightened our reliance on mining, particularly related to the electrification of vehicles and the production of renewable energy. While responsible sourcing of all mined materials is essential, our efforts to address the climate crisis and create a more sustainable future have further magnified the importance that mining is done responsibly.
We invite you to contribute
Since its founding, IRMA has been a forum where all with an interest in mining can provide perspectives on what it means to mine more responsibly and work together to define mining best practices.
The Standard 2.0 revision
Transparently reviewing and updating the Standard following the IRMA Standard Development Process ensures it is accountable to all stakeholders and Indigenous rights holders, and allows for the incorporation of changes in best practice to provide a global responsible mining benchmark. It is important to note that this is a DRAFT Standard; it doesn’t represent content endorsed by IRMA’s Board of Directors — they seek the wisdom and guidance of all commenters to answer the questions posed by the DRAFT Standard..
All are invited to give input. The public consultation period runs from October 26, 2023 to January 26, 2024. All comments will be considered carefully – a summary of comments and IRMA’s responses will be provided after the consultation period ends. In addition to the instructions below, Standard 2.0 resources, including full text of the Standard as PDF or spreadsheet, are available to aid your comments.
Topic Specific Consultation Webinars
IRMA is hosting live, virtual consultations to discuss and comment on different topics covered by the Draft Standard. Facilitated by the IRMA Secretariat, these virtual meetings share what you need to know about the proposed changes and/or new areas in a specific topic inside the Standard (download or view specific chapters here). They will ask some guided questions of where IRMA especially seeks feedback. And we encourage all comments — these Zoom sessions are meant to be inclusive and collaborative spaces for such discussion.