Founded in 2006 by a coalition of nongovernment organizations, businesses purchasing minerals and metals for resale in other products, affected communities, mining companies, and trade unions, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) envisions a world where the mining industry is:
- respectful of the human rights and aspirations of affected communities;
- provides safe, healthy and respectful workplaces;
- avoids or minimizes harm to the environment;
- and leaves positive legacies.
IRMA joins others in a growing sustainability standards movement, such as the Forest Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council, that are using market-based approaches to shape the environmental and social performance of industry.
IRMA is seeking to improve the environmental and social performance of mining operations through the multi-stakeholder development of a set of best practice standards, as well as a system to independently verify implementation of those standards.
IRMA is the only multi-commodity assurance program for responsible mining that fully embraces a multi-stakeholder approach for developing credible standards as well as a commitment to independent verification. Five key sectors with a stake in the environmental and social performance of mining are involved:
1. mining companies;
2. jewelry retailers and other downstream users of mining products;
3. environmental and human rights nonprofits;
4. organizations representing affected communities;
5. and labor.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page to find answers to questions about the History and Purpose of IRMA; IRMA Governance and Membership; the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining; IRMA Certification; and Next Steps in the IRMA Process.