Stakeholder Consultation Timeline

IRMA has endeavored to follow an extensive ISEAL-compliant stakeholder feedback process, which has included webinars and workshops with interested stakeholders, as well as input from expert technical commmittees, to gather input and respond to stakeholder suggestions and concerns about the draft Standard for Responsible Mining.

Below is the timeline of 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 was 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. IRMA received input from more than 50 individuals and organizations, who submitted more than 850 individual comments. Following the comment period the draft Standard underwent additional revisions based on this second round of stakeholder input.
  • 10 July 2017 to 8 September 2017:  A draft Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) chapter was developed in response to stakeholder comments that identified this gap in earlier drafts of the Standard for Responsible Mining. The draft was released in July of 2017 for a 3-month stakeholder consultation period. The new ASM chapter appears in the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining v.1.0.