The IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining

The IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining (the IRMA Standard) is currently under development. A final version of the Standard is planned for late 2017.

What's Next

In 2018, IRMA will offer Launch Phase self assessment and independent verification. During that time IRMA will be evaluating its systems, addressing challenges and gaps, seeking to improve the Standard for Responsible Mining and assure its relevance across various scenarios such as:

  • geographic
  • mining method 
  • type of mined material
  • social and political environment
  • diverse landscapes
  • mining company size

The IRMA Standard is designed to support the achievement of four overarching principles, Business Integrity, Social Responsibility, Environmental Responsibility, and Planning and Managing for Positive Legacies. Each chapter of the IRMA Standard has an objective that meets one or more of these principles. It should be noted, however, that most chapters and their objectives are relevant to more than principle. Learn more about the core Principles and Objectives of the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining.

Also, you can find out more about IRMA and the development of the IRMA Standard by visiting the IRMA Standard Development Process page or our Frequently Asked Questions.

Information on Draft v.2.0 of the IRMA Standard

On 5 April 2016, IRMA released a new draft the IRMA Standard (version 2.0) and commenced a 60-day comment period on the new version. Due to stakeholder requests for more time we extended the deadline for comments to 30 June 2016. That comment period has now closed, and the IRMA Secretariat is in the process of revising the Standard based on stakeholder input.

The second draft of the IRMA Standard was created by the IRMA Secretariat and the IRMA Steering Committee in consultation with representatives from each of the five sectors leading IRMA:

  1. organized labor,
  2. nongovernmental organizations (NGO),
  3. mining companies,
  4. impacted communities, and
  5. downstream users (private businesses purchasing mined materials for the products/services they provide).

The changes made to the Draft v.1.0 of the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining were informed by input received from more than 70 individuals and organizations who submitted comments during the global stakeholder public comment period that ran from 22 July to 22 November, 2014; feedback solicited from technical experts/reviewers in 2015; and information gathered during the first field test of the IRMA Standard.

Information on Draft v.1.0 of the IRMA Standard

In July 2014, IRMA completed the first draft of the Standard (version 1.0) and released it for stakeholder input. Visit the Draft v.1.0 web page to:

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IRMA Fundamentals

  • The IRMA Standard is targeted at industrial-scale mines. IRMA collaborates with initiatives for responsible small-scale and artisanal mining.
  • 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 other sustainability standards initiatives for the extractives sector to provide complete solutions for certification, traceability and labeling.