Public Consultation

The RMI is committed to engaging external stakeholders in the development and oversight of the RMI's programs, audit requirements, and guidance documents. The RMI will post any items for public review and comment on this webpage and will discuss these items on its quarterly multi-stakeholder call, member plenary call and in other forums.


Risk Readiness Revision 2021-2022

The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) and the Copper Mark are revising the Risk Readiness Assessment (RRA) Criteria and corresponding Criteria Guide in 2021 / 2022.


Access the documents here:

DRAFT Risk Readiness Assessment (RRA) Criteria (Also in Chinese and Spanish)

DRAFT Criteria Guide (Also in Chinese and Spanish)

Interested stakeholders are encouraged to review the RRA Version Comparison document for an overview of major changes.

The first round public consultation on the draft Criteria and Criteria Guide has been closed. Summary feedback from that public consultation can be found here. Feedback and recommendations will inform the revision process. A second consultation round will be opened in Q4 2022.


The RRA is used by over 320 mining, smelting, refining, and manufacturing sites across multiple metals including Aluminum, Alumina, Bauxite, Cobalt, Copper, Gold, Graphite, Iron Ore, Lead, Lithium, Mica, Molybdenum, Nickel, Palladium, Platinum, Rare Earth Elements, Silver, Steel, Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten, and Zinc

The RRA is both a set of criteria for responsible production and a tool for companies to communicate their environmental, social and governance practices. Its main uses are:

  1. As voluntary self-assessment and self-reporting tool for minerals and metals producers and processors participating in the RMI’s Responsible Minerals Assurance Process.
  2. As the foundation of the RMI’s Environmental, Social, and Governance Standard for Mineral Supply Chains; and
  3. As the foundation of the Copper Mark Criteria for Responsible Production against which sites are independently assessed during the Copper Mark Assurance Process.

The methodology of the RRA is available on the RMI website here.


The last revision of the RRA Criteria was finalized in 2019. In this second revision, the RMI and the Copper Mark will work together to achieve the following main objectives:

  1. Ensure the recognition and acceptance of the RRA as a credible set of criteria for responsible mineral production practices by key stakeholder groups, namely mineral producers, refiners, smelters or other producers of a finished metal product, supply chain companies, investors and civil society organizations actively involved in addressing social and environmental impacts of mineral production.
  2. Respond to findings of benchmarking exercises with other voluntary standards applicable to mining, smelting and / or refining operations to adjust the RRA to:
    1. Ensure full coverage of relevant issue areas,
    2. Provide more clarity and prescription on the scope of the criteria, and / or
    3. Strengthen criteria where appropriate to ensure these continue to reflect the core expectations formalized in leading voluntary standards in this field as well as of key stakeholder groups.
  3. Clarify requirements for the implementation and assurance of the RRA Criteria through accompanying Criteria Guide aimed at both implementing companies and assessors.

An approximate timeline for the project is included below. All timings are indicative only and subject to change.


Estimated Timeline


June 2021

Initial revision of the RRA Criteria and Criteria Guide

June – September 2021

Launch of the Technical Committee

July 2021

Revision Cycle 2 of the RRA Criteria and Criteria Guide based on input from the Technical Committee

September 2021 – March 2022

Stakeholder engagement:

  • 6 monthly meetings of the Technical Committee
  • 8 workshops
  • Public Consultation Round 1

September 2021 – February 2022
May – June 2022
May – June 2022

Revision Cycle 3 of the RRA Criteria and Criteria Guide based on stakeholder consultations

July – October 2022

Stakeholder engagement:

  • Bi-weekly meetings of the Technical Committee
  • Targeted follow up with stakeholders from the workshops / public consultation
  • Public consultation Round 2

July – October 2022
July – October 2022

November 2022

Revision Cycle 4 of the RRA Criteria and Criteria Guide based on stakeholder consultations

December 2022 – March 2023


March 2023


Providing Feedback

The RMI and the Copper Mark have developed a detailed stakeholder engagement plan, available here.

We invite any interested stakeholder to provide feedback at any time by sending an email to and / or

The RMI and the Copper Mark plan two public consultations on the draft RRA Criteria and Criteria guide as well as four dedicated workshops with key stakeholder groups. Detailed information on these opportunities to participate in the RRA revision process will be published on this website.

In order to ensure the feedback is constructive, please consider the following guidelines:

  • Provide input into either the methodology, criteria, or format;
  • Provide overarching comments and / or specific points for consideration but avoid “red-lining”;
  • Avoid recommending changes where previously adopted language from international or other schemes’ standards / frameworks is directly referenced or used; and

Please provide contact information to allow us to follow up with any questions.