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Responsible Mining and the Products We Use Everyday

4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 5

The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) offers the first comprehensive, independently-verified, and multi-stakeholder created Standard for environmental and social responsibility at industrial scale mine sites globally. IRMA will be a mining parallel to other certification programs like the Forest Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council. The IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining allows purchasers of mined material from a broad diversity of fields — automotive, building and construction, jewelry, electronics, cosmetics, household products — to identify mine sites that have been certified as meeting a rigorous set of both social and environmental responsibility standards. Additionally, IRMA will provide a scoring tool so that even mines at a base level of performance may demonstrate continuing improvement. In 2016, IRMA is taking public comments on its revised draft Standard for Responsible Mining, field testing the Standard at mine sites and with community leaders, and is building the program to audit and verify compliance with the Standard. Additionally, IRMA seeks to build relationships with purchasers, trade associations and other certification programs to allow manufacturers and retailers to meet their needs for along the supply chain. If audience members use, make or purchase computers, jewelry, cars, building materials, cosmetics and other basic household products — then responsible mining is about them. But, even so, IRMA’s presenters will offer insights beyond mining on the process of creating and sustaining a multi-stakeholder led initiative.

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