IRMA is an answer to a global demand for more socially and environmentally responsible mining.

The new Standard for Responsible Mining v.1.0 is now available

Over the last ten years, leaders with very different perspectives on mining’s impacts in the world have worked together in good faith to create a shared definition of best practices in “responsible mining”. Help us test this in your region or on issues in which you’re most invested. Together we can create opportunities for market forces to be harnessed for good in creating greater value for responsible practices. Check out the new Standard for Responsible Mining

Put Your Company/Organization on the Responsible Mining Map

The Responsible Mining Map and the Standard for Responsible Mining v.1.0 serve as new tools connecting civil society groups with private sector leaders with shared interests to increase value for more responsible mining.

The Responsible Mining Map is an interactive tool that allows diverse stakeholders to identify and catalyze global progress in responsible mining. The Map shows leaders in the field of responsible mining, allows various stakeholder groups to highlight their interest in and need for responsibly mined materials, and increases transparency of mine site performance. It can be searched by company, mined material, stakeholder sector and more. It will be continually updated as mines reach new levels of achievement.

The IRMA Map

Are you on the map? If not, click here to find out more about the map and how to put your organization on the Responsible Mining Map. As more stakeholders populate the Responsible Mining Map, increased information will be available to help grow market value for more responsible practices.

Engage with IRMA During its 2018-2019 Launch Phase

In 2018 IRMA is launching in a learning-mode -- asking diverse stakeholders to help test metrics and improve systems to ensure IRMA’s accountability and value for all.

During IRMA's Launch Phase, mines will be offered opportunities to self-assess, and later in 2018 to have IRMA-approved independent auditors evaluate their performance and provide a score. These assessments will help to further test the metrics of the Standard for Responsible Mining at diverse sites globally, informing revisions to improve the Standard.

Click here or on the diagram to see a larger version of IRMA's Launch Timeline, and visit our Certification Page to find out more details on the Launch Phase Offerings.

Multi-Stakeholder Leadership: It's what makes IRMA special - and accountable to you.

The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) envisions a world where the mining industry respects the human rights and aspirations of affected communities, provides safe, healthy and supportive workplaces, minimizes harm to the environment, and leaves positive legacies. IRMA seeks to achieve its vision through the development of a multi-stakeholder definition of responsible mining (the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining), and a system that independently assesses and recognizes environmentally and socially responsible mine sites and creates value for responsible mining.

Of fundamental importance in IRMA is multistakeholder leadership. IRMA has a governance structure that guides equitable leadership of IRMA’s system by stakeholders with divergent perspectives. No single sector, organization, company or trade association has authority to make decisions that don’t work for other stakeholder groups. Rather, all must work together to understand difficult issues and points of conflict and seek shared solutions that can create value for, and be accountable to, all.

Learn more about IRMA's governance, and help us make sure your voice, and others, are heard.

IRMA in the News

To see our most recent press release and news archives, visit the IRMA media web page. Also available, the IRMA blog and sign up to receive IRMA’s e-newsletter updates.


28 June 2018 -- Today, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) released the Standard for Responsible Mining, a precedent-setting global certification program for industrial-scale mine sites. With growing awareness and demand for ecologically and socially-responsible products, jewelers, electronics businesses, auto makers and others have sought assurances that the minerals they purchase are mined responsibly. The Standard seeks to emulate for industrial-scale mine sites what has been done with certification programs in organic agriculture, responsible forestry and sustainable fisheries. An online Responsible Mining Map was also launched today that will allow responsible producers and purchasers of minerals to demonstrate their commitment to a responsible minerals value chain and enable business relationships to develop. Read full release.

10 July 2017 -- IRMA is seeking public comment on a new draft chapter to be added to the its Standard for Responsible Mining. IRMA will be accepting comments on its Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining chapter until 8 September 2017. For more information, go to the IRMA Standard Draft v.2.0 page.

22 June 2017 -- Today, the leadership of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) and ResponsibleSteel™ announced a strategic partnership, to serve the interests of purchasers seeking consistency in the responsible sourcing of iron and steel throughout their supply chains. Read more.

9 March 2017 -- IRMA and the Forest Stewardship Council – a global standard and certification leader – have partnered to serve the needs of diverse stakeholders committed to creating market value for greater environmental and social responsibility. Leading purchasers and retailers procure raw materials originating from both forestry and mining operations and seek ways to assure responsible sourcing. Through collaboration, IRMA and FSC are well positioned to increase consistency and serve the needs of the common market. Read More.

9 March 2017 -- The IRMA Steering Committee welcomes Jacinda Mack of First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (British Columbia, Canada) and Dewa Mavhinga of Human Rights Watch (Zimbabwe/South Africa) to its leadership. They each bring substantial first-hand expertise in serving the Community and Non-Government/Nonprofit (NGO) sectors of IRMA, respectively. 

5 June 2016 -- As a result of numerous stakeholder requests for extensions, IRMA has extended the comment period on draft v.2.0 of the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining to 30 June 2016.

25 May 2016 --  IRMA is thrilled to be a recipient of an award at the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s (SPLC) 2016 Summit. In SPLC's words, “Award winners are organizations who focus the powerful market influence of institutional purchasers – in public and private sectors alike – to advance a socially just, ecologically robust, economically prosperous future. . .and support a constructive cycle of innovation that will define the global marketplace of tomorrow.” Read an abstract of the IRMA submission.

5 April 2016 -- IRMA today released the revised draft Standard for Responsible Mining for public review and comment. Please assist us in further improving this document to serve all stakeholders by reviewing and commenting with your suggestions. You may also review the associated press release for a short synopsis of the effort.

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