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Why IRMA’s Standard for Responsible Mining is a Big Deal

June 26, 2016

The diverse organizations and sectors—labor unions, indigenous communities, NGOs, mining companies and downstream purchasers of minerals—that form the Steering Committee for the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) often get asked why we sit at this table across from other stakeholders with whom we don’t always see eye to eye. Given that we frequently see issues from very different perspectives, why do we choose to engage in this challenging, time-consuming work?  Read Payal Sampat's blog.

Why Microsoft is Collaborating to Improve Global Mining Standards

April 7, 2016

As a downstream purchaser of components which may contain metals, Microsoft believes that fairly applied global mining standards are key to helping solve labor, human rights, and environmental issues at the far reaches of the electronic industries’ supply chains. This approach is in line with our company’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As such, we see the need to address the issues associated with all aspects of the acquisition of raw materials—from harvesting and extraction to transportation—as a global accountability applicable to all substances used in our products, regardless of materials or locations. Read Joan Krajewski's blog.

Why Tiffany & Co. Has Supported IRMA Since Inception

January 28, 2015

Tiffany & Co. has supported the Initiative for Responsible Mining (IRMA) since inception because we see great value in its multi-sector, consensus-based approach and believe that it will ultimately serve as the most comprehensive standard on responsible mining. Not only will IRMA certification serve to highlight mines that are already operating responsibly, we believe IRMA will do much to improve the entire industry by motivating mine operators to work towards and, ultimately, achieve certification. Read Anisa Kamodoli Costa's blog.

Why IndustriALL Global Union is Working for a Sustainable Mining Standard

November 6, 2014

We know first-hand the incredible importance of a safer, cleaner industry that respects the rights of workers, impacted communities and the environment. We are committed to putting human rights at the heart of sustainable development in the mining industry. The IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining will be a big step forward toward that goal.  Read Glen Mpufane's blog.

Why IRMA’s Draft Standard Matters to the Mining Industry

October 20, 2014

Anglo American supports all sensible efforts to advance responsible mining. . . IRMA and its draft Standard for Responsible Mining represent a particular opportunity for us because, as a diversified miner, our preference would be for a single mine-level system that builds on the best of accepted international good practices. Read Jon Samuel's blog.

Why is Earthworks in IRMA

August 13, 2014

Since 1988 Earthworks has stood for clean water, healthy communities, air that’s fit to breathe, and a vibrant strong environment. That’s why we’ve worked so hard to change the mining sector. . . we found that the representatives of the mining industry were willing to set aside our differences within IRMA to sit down at the table with impacted communities, Earthworks and other civil society representatives to try to map out a more responsible way of doing business. Read Jennifer Krill's blog.

Two IRMA webinars scheduled for August

August 8, 2014

We have just scheduled two webinars to share information and take questions on the IRMA program and the draft Standard for Responsible Mining. Click the headline to read more. . .

IRMA seeks input on draft Standard for Responsible Mining

July 22, 2014

As part of an effort to develop a global set of best practices for responsible mining, IRMA releases its draft Standard for Responsible Mining. Input is being sought from stakeholders to improve the draft. Click the headline to read more. . .

Coming Soon:  A New Standard for Responsible Mining

July 17, 2014

IRMA is less than a week away from releasing the first draft of the Standard for Responsible Mining.

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