Foundation

The Responsible Mining Foundation is an independent research organisation based in Switzerland.

We believe that minerals and metals mining should benefit the economies, improve the lives of peoples, and respect the environments of producing countries – while allowing companies to make a fair and viable return.

The Foundation therefore encourages continuous improvement in responsible mining in the minerals and metals industry by highlighting leading practice and transparently assessing the policies and practices of companies in the minerals and metals supply chain on economic, environmental, social and governance issues. 

Impact of mining

The importance of responsible minerals and metals mining cannot be underestimated. As a sector with large-scale and far-reaching potential, mining can support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), catalysing broad-based economic development and inter-generational benefits in many low- and middle-income resource-rich countries. However, mining can also lead to disruptive and destructive outcomes for peoples and environments.

As consumers and taxpayers, we are all responsible for the persistence of mining as an industry – without our lifestyle expectations and socio-economic and political choices, mining as an industry and the manufacturing supply chain would not exist.  As global demand for mined commodities remains high and is likely to grow in the transition to green energy, there is an urgent need to track and encourage responsible business conduct and responsible supply chains.

Inclusive approach reflects societies’ expectations

The Responsible Mining Foundation complements other international efforts by developing unique measurement tools, sharing powerful public-interest data and supporting informed and constructive engagement between all stakeholders. 

The RMF does this by publishing transparent assessments of company policies and practices, and engaging with a wide range of mining-affected groups, and those with the power to influence continuous improvement in responsible mining, including mining-affected communities, civil society, investors, stock exchanges, labour unions, commodity traders, refiners, manufacturers, academics, mining associations and companies themselves.

Based on wide-ranging regional consultations with mining-affected people and organisations, the RMF methodologies articulate what society can reasonably expect from minerals and metals companies.

Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report

The Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report is a biennial assessment of large globally-dispersed mining companies’ policies and practices on economic development, business conduct, lifecycle management, community wellbeing, working conditions and environmental responsibility – with gender and human rights issues integrated throughout the report.

Published in six languages, the RMI Report 2020 will cover around 40 companies including publicly-listed, state-owned and private companies. Together these companies represent between 25-30% of the global value of mining production, cover 55 producing and 19 home countries, and account for over 1,050 operating and 150 closed mine sites, with known tax jurisdictions in 120 countries.

What makes the Responsible Mining Foundation unique?

▾ Research, data and publications are published free as a public good
▾ Independent – no funding from the minerals and metals industry
▾ Consults directly with mining-affected communities in producing countries
▾ Includes listed, private & state-owned companies
▾ Multi-issue: Economic, Environmental, Social and Governance Issues
▾ Mine-site level and corporate-wide focus
▾ Comprehensive geographic scope
▾ Promotes open data principles
▾ Emphasises leading practice & learning
▾ Complements other existing initiatives (eg: UNGP, SDG, ILO, OECD, NRGI, EITI, PWYP etc).

Funding

In the interests of independence, the Foundation does not accept funding from the minerals and metals industry. We accept funding from philanthropic and government sources who share the values and aims of the Foundation.

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