Initiative Partners

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The Copper Mark

The Copper Mark is the leading assurance framework for copper, molybdenum, nickel, and zinc, with the vision of a sustainable society, enabled by the responsible production, sourcing, and recycling of these metals. The Copper Mark is working to develop responsible value chains from the mine level to the end-product. Through the standards and assurance framework, the Copper Mark supports participants in identifying and making on-the-ground changes to their operations. The requirements cover all major environmental, social, and governance issues. Learn more:


ICMM stands for mining with principles. It brings together a third of the global metals and mining industry, along with key partners, to drive leadership, action and innovation for sustainable development, ultimately delivering a positive contribution to society. Through collaboration, ICMM member companies set the standard for responsibly produced minerals and metals in a safe, just and sustainable world. Learn more:

The Mining Principles

ICMM’s Mining Principles define the good practice environmental, social and governance requirements of company members through a comprehensive set of 39 Performance Expectations and 9 related position statements on a number of critical industry challenges. Implementation of the Mining Principles will support progress towards the global targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Incorporating robust site-level validation of performance expectations and credible assurance of corporate sustainability reports, ICMM’s Mining Principles seek to maximise the industry’s benefits to host communities, while minimising negative impacts to effectively manage issues of concern to society. Learn more here:

The Mining Association of Canada

The Mining Association of Canada is the national organization for the Canadian mining industry. Its members account for most of Canada’s production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds, metallurgical coal, mined oil sands and industrial minerals and are actively engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication. Learn more:

Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM)

The TSM initiative is a globally recognized sustainability standard that supports mining companies in managing key environmental and social responsibilities. Mining companies are expected to report annually on 34 separate social and environmental indicators addressing issues such as Indigenous and Community Relationships, biodiversity, tailings management, climate change and others. Independent assurance of performance is required every three years. Originally created by The Mining Association of Canada, TSM is now being or is in the process of being implemented in 12 other countries. The initiative is overseen by a network of independent, multi-stakeholder national panels. Learn more here:

World Gold Council

World Gold Council is a membership organisation that champions the role gold plays as a strategic asset, shaping the future of a responsible and accessible gold supply chain. Their team of experts builds understanding of the use case and possibilities of gold through research, analysis, commentary, and insights. They drive industry progress, shaping policy and setting the standards for a perpetual and sustainable gold market. Learn more:

The Responsible Gold Mining Principles (RGMPs)

The RGMPs are a framework that set out clear expectations for consumers, investors and the downstream gold supply chain as to what constitutes responsible gold mining.  They cover 51 ESG performance areas and were originally launched in September 2019 with a three-year timeline for implementation.  The RGMPs are subject to rigorous and independent assurance procedures, involving suitably qualified assurers, and public disclosure requirements, and conformance is required at both corporate and site levels. Learn more here:

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