The Sustainable Development Goals are recognized by 193 countries and make up a universally adopted framework for sustainable development.
Copper Mark Requirements
The Copper Mark takes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as its inspiration and organizing framework. The SDGs are recognized by 193 countries and make up a universally adopted framework for sustainable development. SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production forms the core of the Copper Mark and is the only SDG that will be part of the first implementation phase. A method to acknowledge contributions to additional Sustainable Development Goals is currently under development.
In order to be identified as a contributor to SDG 12 and receive the Copper Mark, companies will be assessed against a set of responsible production criteria aligned to industry norms and defined by the Risk Readiness Assessment created by the Responsible Minerals Initiative.
The mine site requirements for obtaining the Copper Mark are the industry norms created by the Responsible Minerals Initiative. They include 31 risk areas across the full spectrum of environment, social and governance topics.
The smelting or refining facility requirements for obtaining the Copper Mark are the industry norms created by the Responsible Minerals Initiative. They include the same risk areas and topics as the mine site criteria with one difference—the exclusion of industry norms not applicable to a smelting or refining facility.
Development of the Criteria
To learn more about how these criteria were developed, visit the RMI website.