Coming Soon:  A New Standard for Responsible Mining

July 17, 2014

We are less than a week away from releasing the first draft of the Standard for Responsible Mining. We, the Steering Committee of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA), share a vision of 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.

The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance is the first effort at a set of leading edge practices for mine sites designed by representatives from multiple sectors and aimed at multiple industrial-scale commodities ranging from building materials and automobile parts to jewelry and electronics.

If you haven’t already signed up for the IRMA electronic newsletter, please do so here. On 22 July, subscribers of our e-newsletter will receive the first draft Standard for Responsible Mining. There will be a three-month comment period on this first draft. We are asking for input from diverse perspectives and from every corner of the globe to assist in making this Standard and the program that will be built on it better by informing us of where it meets the mark and how it can be improved.

Over the coming months, we will host guest bloggers with different perspectives on the future of mining. Several of us will be sharing with you stories of why we personally, and the organizations we represent, were motivated to work on developing this Standard for Responsible Mining and what it means for our sector to take this leap forward. We look forward to hearing your stories as well.


Larson Bill, Western Shoshone Defense Project
Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Tiffany & Co.
Joe Drexler, United Steelworkers
Glen Mpufane, IndustriALL Global Union
Susan Posnock, Jewelers of America
Payal Sampat, Earthworks
Jon Samuel, Anglo American
Alan Young, Canadian Boreal Initiative

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