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The Responsible Mining Foundation has published its new framework ahead of the release of the Responsible Mining Index Report, due in early 2020 – and notes that gender and human rights are two “cross cutting issues” for the mining industry.

Gender and human Rights are consequently integrated throughout the framework. These transversal issues have been identified by the Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) as areas of importance to responsible mining, particularly in the prevention, avoidance and mitigation of adverse impacts. 

The framework document further provides a comprehensive reference of the major aspects of responsible mining, based on society’s expectations of large-scale mining companies on economic, environmental, social and governance (EESG) issues.

The RMI Framework 2020 includes information on 43 topics grouped into six thematic areas:

  • Economic Development,
  • Business Conduct,
  • Lifecycle Management,
  • Community Wellbeing,
  • Working Conditions and
  • Environmental Responsibility.

It provides a brief overview of each topic, the indicators, metric questions, and kinds of evidence used in the RMI Report to assess the policies and practices of mining companies.

The RMI Framework 2020 is an exhaustive resource for all stakeholders, including companies, investors, civil society, governments and supply chain customers on what responsible mining should look like. It will also soon be available in Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.

“We are delighted to share this comprehensive reference tool with all stakeholders in support of constructive engagement and responsible mining worldwide,” says Hélène de Villiers-Piaget, CEO of the RMF.

The RMF is an independent research organisation based in Switzerland. It encourages continuous improvement in responsible minerals and metals mining with an emphasis on leading practice and learning.