IRMA Standard Draft v.2.0

IRMA's Standard for Responsible Mining (draft v.2.0)

From 5 April to 30 June 2016, IRMA held a public comment period on draft version 2.0 of the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining. We received input from more than 50 individuals and organizations, who submitted more than 850 individual comments. IRMA is now in the process of revising the draft Standard. To keep abreast of our progress, sign up for our e-newsletter.

Input was sought on all portions of the draft IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining (v.2.0). The IRMA Steering Committee was particularly interested, however, in receiving input on a set of issues for which there is either a difference in opinion between stakeholder perspectives, or the topics are ones that remain challenging for the broader world community.

We marked these types of challenges with a pink flag. You can search in the Standard document for these flags by using the search term flag, or look for the pink flags in Chapters 2.1, 2.9, 2.12, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10 and 4.2. Additionally, there were four other general topics on which IRMA sought input. Information on these topics can be found here, or in the downloadable version of the draft Standard under "Flagged Items."

One of the flagged items related to artisinal and small-scale mining (ASM), and whether or not IRMA Standard needed to address the interactions between ASM and large-scale mines. Feedback from stakeholders strongly suggested that this was, indeed, a problematic gap in the IRMA Standard, and as a result a draft Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) chapter was developed with input from a working group composed of a set of organizations and individuals with expertise on ASM.

IRMA Working Group on ASM:

Laura Barreto (Materials Efficiency Research Group), Yves Bertran (Alliance for Responsible Mining), Rebecca Burton (Tiffany & Co.), Assheton Carter (The Dragonfly Initiative), Jonathan Drimmer (Barrick), Eleanor Fisher (Univ. of Reading), Anne-Marie Fleury (Responsible Jewellery Council), Laura Gerritson (Fairphone), Martin Hahn (International Labour Organization), Felix Hruschka (tbb.hru Consulting), Markus Staub (Fairtrade), Nerys John (Anglo American), Rinko Kinoshita (UNICEF), Pontsho Ledwba (WITS University, Centre for Sustainability in Mining & Industry), Olivia Lyster (Estelle Levin Ltd.), Gonzaga Mungai (Fairtrade), and Joshua Read (The Dragonfly Initiative).

> Please note that working group participation does not imply endorsement of the draft or final ASM chapter.

From 10 July 2017 to 8 September IRMA held a 3-month stakeholder consultation on the draft ASM standard. IRMA thanks the working group and those stakehoders who provided comments and feedback on the ASM draft chapter. An ASM chapter is now included in the final IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining v.1.0.

On-line version of the Standard for Responsible Mining Draft v.2.0

Click on a chapter to read it on-line.

Business Integrity Social Responsibility Environmental Responsibility Positive Legacies
1.1—Legal Compliance 2.1—Fair Labor and Terms of Work 3.1—Water Quality 4.1—Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
1.2—Revenue and Payments Transparency 2.2—Occupational Health and Safety 3.2—Water Quantity 4.2—Reclamation and Closure
  2.3—Emergency Preparedness and Response 3.3—Mine Waste Management  
  2.4—Human Rights Due Diligence and Compliance 3.4—Air Quality  
  2.5—Mining and Conflict-Affected or High-Risk Areas 3.5—Noise  
  2.6—Security Arrangements 3.6—Greenhouse Gas Emissions  
  2.7—Community Health and Safety 3.7—Protected Areas  
  2.8—Community and Stakeholder Engagement 3.8—Biodiversity Outside Officially Protected Areas  
  2.9—Obtaining Community Support and Delivering Benefits 3.9—Cyanide  
  2.10—Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) 3.10—Mercury Management  
  2.11—Cultural Heritage    
  2.13—Grievance Mechanism and Access to Other Remedies    
  NEW  2.14—Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining