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The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) envisions a world where the mining industry:
• respects the human rights and aspirations of affected communities;
• provides safe, healthy and respectful workplaces;
• avoids or minimizes harm to the environment;
• and leaves positive legacies.
IRMA is working to establish a multi-stakeholder and independently verified responsible mining assurance system that improves social and environmental performance.
- Sustainable Development
- - Community consultation
- - Human Rights
- - Environmental impacts
- - Resettlement
- - Protected areas
- - Decommissioning and Closure Planning
- - Stakeholder engagement
- - Transparency and accountability in sustainable development
- - Other: Labor
IRMA creates best practice standards that describe environmentally and socially responsible mine operations as well as legacy mine site management. An independent third-party mechanism will verify the implementation of these standards.
To support these structures, IRMA is creating a membership program to generate and maintain long-term support for the system from all key stakeholder groups and communication tools that generate rewards for the effective implementation by participating enterprises.
Over the past years, IRMA has established a process to draft fifteen core standards and agreed on a roadmap to implementation. The initiative is now setting up a secretariat to advance the corresponding verification system, engage with target communities and enlist further support. IRMA is planning to begin certifying mine sites in 2015, in full compliance with ISEAL Codes of Good Practice.
Standards are expected to be released for public consultation at the end of 2013 and finalized during 2014.