Downstream Markets

With the arrival of the Standard for Responsible Mining, companies can have enhanced assurance that the minerals they purchase are mined responsibly.

Post extraction, mined materials take complex journeys along very disparate supply chains. While value to mines participating in IRMA can be achieved just at the mine site, it can be substantially enhanced by assuring that this value can be conveyed downstream particularly to leading consumer-facing brands. 

Interest in the post-mine supply chain is inherent to assuring participating mines can receive full value for their engagement. Wherever possible IRMA seeks to partner with organizations already filling this space that also have sector-specific expertise and credibility. 

IRMA aims to collaborate with commodity purchasers and other standard initiatives across the chain of custody to provide complete and harmonized solutions for certification, traceability, and labeling. 

IRMA helps purchasers and investors to:

  • Convey to suppliers/mines expectations of responsible practices for the environment, workers, and communities
  • Reduce supply chain risk and increase consistency in responsible sourcing
  • Attain label/claim achievements for market value 
  • Develop options for traceable chain of custody or other sourcing connections for materials
  • Boost credibility with civil society

IRMA wants to better understand what downstream users of mined materials require for their responsible sourcing and supply chain due diligence. Please contact Aimee Boulanger, IRMA Coordinator, for further details about how your company can participate in an exploratory project.

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IRMA Fundamentals

  • The IRMA Standard is targeted at industrial-scale mines.
  • IRMA works across all locations, commodities and mine types. However, IRMA does not provide assurance for oil, gas, uranium and other energy fuels.
  • IRMA collaborates with initiatives for responsible small-scale and artisanal mining.
  • IRMA collaborates with other sustainability standards initiatives for the extractives sector to provide complete solutions for certification, traceability, and labeling.

“We believe that using our brand to advocate for critical issues like responsible mining is one of the most important things we can do. Today, collaboration across sectors is necessary to drive systemic change. As a founding member of IRMA, working across sectors to strengthen mining standards, we are proud IRMA is close to launching its certification. We believe IRMA’s progress represents a significant step toward a global standard in responsible mining.”

Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Chief Sustainability Officer at Tiffany

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