IRMA brings together downstream purchasers of mined materials with industrial scale mines of all types and sizes working towards responsible practices. These companies are leading the way in driving shared value for responsible mining globally.

    Mines

    Mines work with us in two ways: demonstrating social and environmental responsibility, and sharing their commitment and achievements on the Responsible Mining Map.

    A first step is to self-assess against the Standard for Responsible Mining, which covers all pillars of responsible mining from business integrity requirements to social and environmental responsibility. Once assessed, you can have your scores verified by an IRMA-trained auditor. View a webinar on self-assessment by going to Resources > Webinars.

    Get listed on our interactive map to connect with purchasers, investors and civil society groups and show your journey towards certification.

    Eventually, some mines will become certified and be able to make associated claims with clients and buyers.

    How to get involved:

    1. Get self-assessed against the Standard and, once assessed, choose to get an independently verified score. View a short fact sheet about self-assessment, or view a webinar about it on our Resources > Webinar page.
    2. Share your score on the Responsible Mining Map to connect with purchasers and others.
    3. Prepare for certification that will begin in late 2019.
    4. Provide feedback on metrics used in the Standard to gauge environmental and social responsibility and whether they need to be adapted/revised to better fit the context in your region of interest.

     

    Purchasers

    Companies in the jewelry, electronics, auto, building and other sectors depend on minerals and metals for a wide variety of consumer goods. Mined materials have industrial uses far and wide.

    While most downstream purchasers and consumer-facing brands do not buy directly from mine sites, ethical businesses seek to reach back through their supply chains to ensure their purchasing dollars reflect their commitment to social and environmental responsibility. IRMA was created in response to this demand and is the only multi-stakeholder governed, global standard covering all mined materials (except for energy fuels) for all sizes of mines and where audits are done by a third-party at the mine-site level.

    How to get involved:

    1. Become an IRMA member and support credible certification of industrial-scale mines
    2. Get on the Responsible Mining Map to state your interest and need for responsible materials for purchase
    3. Encourage your suppliers to use the Mine Measure self-assessment tool (view a sample letter or short fact sheet for suppliers on self-assessment, or view a webinar about the tool on our Resources > Webinar page), get on the map and engage with IRMA.
    4. Partner with us on a pilot learning related to a topic of interest to your business (for example, focused by region of the world, mined material, particular supply chain, issue of interest)
    5. Sponsor program for credible certification that increases confidence and trust in the supply chain.
    6. Provide feedback on metrics used in the Standard to gauge environmental and social responsibility and whether they need to be adapted/revised to better fit the context in your region of interest.