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IRMA Press Releases

28 June 2018 -- Today, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) released the Standard for Responsible Mining. . .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 the entire press release here.

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 the entire press release here.

5 April 2016 -- Today, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) released the second and revised draft Standard for Responsible Mining for a sixty-day review and public comment period ahead of the first-ever global certification program for industrial-scale mine sites. Read the entire press release here.

22 July 2014 -- Today, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) released the first draft of its Standard for Responsible Mining. Download the press release here.

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Media Highlights

". . .for companies that are ready to see collaboration and consultation with indigenous First Nation groups as a priority, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance plans to launch later this year a certification process to recognise environmental and social responsibility achievements and progress companies are making."

Ethical Corporation. 19 September 2017

"Standards should have strong legal, moral, economic, social, environmental, and ethical bases, among others. And thus, my push for IRMA, which is the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance. . .It favors “a multi-stakeholder and independently verifiable responsible mining assurance system that improves social and environmental performance. . . Mining companies as well as DENR should strive to be involved or to participate in the beta phase, if only to show their good faith in adopting global best practices."

Business World Online. 16 February 2017

"Changing engrained work practices is notoriously slow, but the No Dirty Gold campaign head is confident that Fairtrade and a new standard being developed by the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance will be effective in the promotion of good mining practices."

Deutsche Welle. 27 January 2015

“As one of the world's largest mining companies, Anglo American supports the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance because we believe that our industry supports, and can make further contributions to, sustainable socio-economic development,” said Jon Samuel, Group Head of Government and Social Affairs at Anglo American. "This objective will best be achieved within a framework of high, trusted standards that can apply to all mining operations and that all key stakeholders subscribe to.”

Mining Global. 6 August 2014

“We are trying to provide a new way in which mining can proceed and be successful and, most importantly, be done in a sustainable way, socially, environmentally and economically, that benefits everyone,” said Joe Drexler, head of USW’s Canadian strategic campaigns department and one of two labour representatives on the steering committee. “So our interest has been from the labour side, to ensure that in the future, there will be a mining standard that is reviewed and assured and verified by an independent third party at mining sites.”

OHS Canada. 5 August 2014

"We urge our readers to go through the new Standard for Responsible Mining and comment to IRMA because the guidelines are in draft form and they can be fine tuned. . .The draft deserves to be read by Canadian miners, aboriginal people, environmentalists, and anyone concerned about the future of our industry. This is an opportunity to have some input into what may become standard operating practices for mine sites anywhere in the world."

Canadian Mining Journal.  22 July 2014