The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) has released a revised draft of its Standard for Responsible Mining statement for a 60-day review and public comment period ahead of the first-ever global certification program for industrial-scale mine sites, planned to begin in late 2016. The draft reflects input from more than 1,400 points of comment contributed by more than 70 organizations and individuals worldwide, including industry and technical experts. "With growing awareness and demand for ecologically and socially-responsible products jewelers, electronics businesses and others have sought assurances that the minerals they purchase are mined responsibly. The Standard seeks to emulate for industrial-scale mine sites what has been done with certification programs in organic agriculture, responsible forestry and sustainable fisheries."
The draft Standard for Responsible Mining is the result of ten years of collaboration between groups from the mining industry, organized labor, nongovernmental organizations, impacted communities, and businesses. “We believe that using our brand to advocate for critical issues like responsible mining is one of the most important things we can do,” said Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Chief Sustainability Officer at Tiffany & Co. “Today, collaboration across sectors is necessary to drive systemic change. As a founding member of IRMA, working across sectors to strengthen mining standards, we are proud IRMA is close to launching its certification. We believe IRMA’s progress represents a significant step toward a global standard in responsible mining."