The IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining
The IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining (the IRMA Standard) is currently under development.
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.
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, but due to stakeholder requests for more time we have extended the deadline for comments to 30 June 2016. Interested stakeholders can visit our Stakeholder Feedback page to find out how to become involved, and the new draft Standard can be viewed or downloaded on the Draft v.2.0 webpage.
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:
- organized labor,
- nongovernmental organizations (NGO),
- mining companies,
- impacted communities, and
- 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.
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: