Mines can now demonstrate their commitment to responsible resource extraction and meet the demands of manufacturers requiring increased due diligence on the mined inputs for their products. More industries are being asked by regulators and consumers to deliver responsible products to the market, especially manufactures of jewelry, electronics, building products and automobiles. Leading mining companies can now prove to their buyers that they are meeting these demands through an internationally recognized independent verification program - IRMA.
Why Choose SCS as your 3rd party verifier?
IRMA is applicable globally to industrial mine sites and covers any mined material (excluding the energy sector - oil, gas, coal, and uranium).
Auditor Verified Self-Assessment
Mine sites can self-assess their performance against the standard for Responsible Mining v.1.0 using IRMA’s self-assessment tool available here: www.responsiblemining.net. Once this is complete SCS uses our qualified auditors to independently verify your score. This verified score can be kept confidential or be made public on IRMA’s Responsible Mining Map to demonstrate your commitment to responsible mining.
Full-certification will be available in the second half of 2019 and include on-site audits of mine sites by a team of SCS experts. The mine will be assessed to the full Standard which recognizes different performance levels, and certification is awarded to mines meeting relevant best practice requirements. Status and associated claims are offered to mines beginning with those that meet core requirements.
Qualification for IRMA includes conformance to criteria under four specific categories:
Self-Assessment and Request for AuditMine Site conducts self-assessment using the IRMA self-assessment tool
ScopeSCS scopes the project and prepares a proposal.
Data CollectionClient provides access to the mine’s self-assessment data and supporting documentation.
AuditThe SCS team conducts a desk based (verified self-assessment) or on-site audit (full certification audit).
Client responds to any non-conformities or new information requests.
The SCS auditor prepares a draft Assessment Report that details the findings of the audit, including nonconformities, and opportunities for improvement.
An SCS reviewer conducts a final review of the draft Assessment Report and makes the final verification or certification decision. Based on the level of verification/certification mine sites will receive a commensurate level of recognition which can include verified scores listed on the IRMA Responsible Mining Map up to full-certification recognition which will entitle the mine to full-certification claims and IRMA logo use.
To maintain standing in the program IRMA requires annual surveillance audits