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ASI and the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) are pleased to announce that they are jointly working to develop the assurance system for the IRMA program.

ASI advises IRMA on how to ensure that certification decisions are made in an impartial, transparent and inclusive manner and are based on sound evidence. IRMA Coordinator Aimee Boulanger says, “We have chosen ASI to be our partner for this crucial element of the IRMA program due to its long-standing expertise in providing robust assurance to some of the world’s leading sustainability certification schemes. Together we aim to build a system that enjoys credibility with stakeholders and is fair to mine sites.”

Sönke Fischer, Strategy Director of ASI, adds, “Mining processes are complex affairs and the assurance system needs to be responsive to this. Auditor competence and stakeholder engagement are key and this is where we will put our focus. ASI is very pleased and excited to be working with IRMA on getting its program ready for launch.” IRMA and ASI are using the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice in building the IRMA system.

Mining is a complex and intensive business that causes environmental and social change no matter where it occurs. Since 2006, IRMA has worked with key stakeholder groups to define best practice in environmental and social responsibility in the mining context. Through third-party certification against the IRMA Standard, IRMA seeks to contribute to a world where the mining industry respects the human rights and aspirations of affected communities, provides safe, healthy and supportive workplaces, minimizes harm to the environment, and leaves positive legacies. Mine sites will be able to apply for IRMA certification from the end of 2017, when the IRMA Standard and assurance system will be launched.

Find out more about IRMA here.