People are become increasingly aware of mining’s negative impacts. Large-scale accidents and disasters have taken lives and devastated lands, increasing public awareness of the risks of modern mining.

IRMA relies on civil society groups – non-government, community and labor organizations – to help us build awareness, ensure our standard is robust, ask mines to engage in IRMA independent mine site assurance, and to keep us and our partners accountable. We actively seek your input and engagement in the testing and revision of the standard, and in expressing your interest and needs on the Responsible Mining Map.


Communities affected by mining are often at the front lines working to reduce harm created by mines.

IRMA is has always sought to ensure that affected communities have equitable voice in the development of our standard and in the governance of our organization. This sets us apart from other mining standards and initiatives.

We actively seek input and participation from additional communities and community-based organizations, including indigenous groups. To learn more or to express your opinion, write to

How to get involved:

  1. Become a member and stay up-to-date on IRMA’s work (free for civil society and not-for-profit groups).
  2. Encourage mines in your region or area of influence to use the Standard for Responsible Mining and the Mine Measure self-assessment tool (view a sample letter and short self-assessment fact sheet for mines), get on the map and engage in IRMA assurance (independent assessment). Share with them the value of engaging in IRMA.
  3. 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.