Stakeholder Consultation Timeline

IRMA is striving to follow an extensive ISEAL-compliant stakeholder feedback process, including webinars and workshops with interested stakeholders, to gather input and respond to stakeholder suggestions and concerns about the draft Standard for Responsible Mining. IRMA will hold at least two stakeholder consultation periods on the draft Standard prior to releasing a final version upon which certification will be based.

Below is our current timeline for stakeholder consultations on the draft IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining.

  • 22 July 2014 to 22 November 2014:  IRMA held a public comment period to obtain feedback on the first draft of its Standard for Responsible Mining (v.1.0, July 2014). The comment period was initially scheduled to run until 22 October 2014, however, IRMA extended it to 22 November 2014 to provide more stakeholders with the opportunity to comment. The IRMA team reviewed more than 1,400 individual comments submitted by more than 70 individuals and organizations. Interested stakeholders may still download a copy of the first draft Standard, and are invited to view IRMA's responses to stakeholder comments on the first draft of the Standard.
  • December 2014 to April 2016:  The draft Standard was revised based on stakeholder comments and feedback from stakeholder webinars, input received from external reviewers, IRMA Steering Committee discussions, and findings from a field test of the first draft of the IRMA Standard.
  • 5 April 2016 to 30 June 2016:  A second round of stakeholder consultation on the second draft of the IRMA Standard (v.2.0, April 2016) commenced on 5 April 2016. The second comment period as initially set to be 60 days in length, and end on 5 June. Due to the number of stakeholder requests for extensions, the comment period was extended to 30 June. Following the comment period the draft Standard will undergo additional revisions based on the second round of stakeholder input.
  • Timeline to be determined:  Following the two comment periods and revisions, the IRMA Steering Committee will decide whether or not the Standard meets its vision of a best-practice standard. If more work needs to be done, the Steering Committee may decide to hold additional public consultations.