IUCN is a quasi-governmental international organisation with over 1,000 staff. It was founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization and today is the largest professional global conservation network. IUCN is a leading authority on the environment and sustainable development. Its key activity areas are standard-setting, capacity building and policy with a focus on aquaculture, aluminium, forestry, tourism and extractives.
A recent publication by labour and environmental groups including United Steelworkers and Earthworks criticises Responsible Jewellery Council. In June 2011 RJC became the first certification system in the mining sector to achieve ISEAL associate membership, meeting entry level criteria and demonstrating their scope was in alignment with ISEAL’s Credibility Principles. In June of 2012, RJC achieved full ISEAL membership through their compliance with the ISEAL Standard-Setting Code.
More and more we at ISEAL are asked the question about whether there is activity happening in responsible mining and what standards are being developed through multi-stakeholder processes. Here is a primer for the curious…
The organisations had been engaged in a multi-year partnership to implement a shared vision of better conditions for artisanal and small-scale miners. After a review process the organisations have decided to phase out the Fairtrade and Fairminded dual label in favour of a more flexible model of co-operation for the future.
Matthew Wenban-Smith has been named Managing Director of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA). IRMA is a multi-stakeholder dialogue that is developing a global certification program for more responsible mining.
The Equitable Origin™ System, which is stakeholder-based and aims to promote better practices in oil and gas exploration and production, was approved for membership at the most recent ISEAL board meeting, making it the first such initiative in what is often considered a controversial sector to achieve membership in ISEAL.
From July 2012 to November 2013, the Responsible Jewellery Council is revising the Code of Practices (COP), the standard against which all RJC Members must demonstrate independently verified conformance to achieve Certification. Find out how you can share your input.
Responsible Jewellery Council recently announced a decision to recognise Part A of the Fairtrade and Fairminded Standard as a Responsible Mining Standard under the RJC Chain of Custody (COC) Standard for precious metals, signalling a commendable example of coordination amongst certification programmes in the jewellery supply chain.
The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) is establishing best practice standards that improve the environmental and social performance of mining operations, as well as a system to independently verify compliance with those standards.
ISEAL member Fairtrade International and ISEAL affiliate Alliance for Responsible Mining have opened a public consultation on the Fairtrade and Fairmined Standard for Gold from Artisanal and Small-scale Mining. Your feedback is welcomed until 7 October.