Achieving impact through a credible and effective assurance framework.
The Copper Mark is built on a genuine commitment of the copper industry to responsible production. The organisation was initiated by the copper industry but with the full knowledge that it would have to be independent from the industry it assesses. The Copper Mark meets the core expectations for good governance. It has a growing diversity of stakeholder perspectives represented in its governance structure and our progress towards achieving independence is regularly reviewed. We are on track and hold ourselves accountable to the milestones we have committed to.
We believe that by adhering to ISEAL Alliance’s Credibility Principles and Codes of Good Practice, our standards and assurance process will:
- Achieve the intended short term and long term outcomes as defined in its Theory of Change;
- Demonstrate to relevant stakeholders that the Copper Mark is a credible assurance framework, comparable in its rigour, requirements and approach to other systems;
- Ensure the continuous improvement of the Copper Mark Assurance Framework.
|ISEAL Credibility Principles||The Copper Mark|
Standards scheme owners clearly define and communicate their sustainability objectives and approach to achieving them. They make decisions that best advance these objectives.
|The Copper Mark has adopted and published its Theory of Change, clearly communicating its short\-term and long-term objectives.
A detailed 5-year roadmap is in place to support its implementation.
Standards scheme owners seek to understand their impacts and measure and demonstrate progress towards their intended outcomes. They regularly integrate learning and encourage innovation to increase benefits to people and the environment.
|A monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system is being developed to support the Theory of Change, understand the Copper Mark’s impact and measure progress towards the intended outcomes. The description of the M&E system and the first annual report will be published in the course of 2021.|
Standards are fit for purpose. They address the most significant sustainability impacts of a product, process, business or service; only include requirements that contribute to their objectives; reflect best scientific understanding and relevant international norms; and are adapted where necessary to local conditions.
|The Copper Mark uses the Risk Readiness Assessment (RRA) criteria to define its criteria for responsible production. The RRA is derived from the requirements of over 40 voluntary sustainability standards that are commonly used in the minerals and metals supply chains and are representative of good management practices. The RRA covers all major environmental, social and governance issue areas.|
All components of a standards system are structured to deliver outcomes. In particular, standards are set at a performance level that results in measurable progress towards the scheme's sustainability objectives, while assessments of compliance provide an accurate picture of whether an entity meets the standard's requirements.
|The criteria for responsible production are management systems based and include the expectation for companies to regularly review the performance of their systems. The Assurance Process defines the process and requirements to verify participants’ implementation of the criteria. Participants must “fully meet” all 32 criteria within 24months of committing to the Copper Mark.|
Standards-setters engage a balanced and representative group of stakeholders in standards development. Standards systems provide meaningful and accessible opportunities to participate in governance, assurance and monitoring and evaluation. They empower stakeholders with fair mechanisms to resolve complaints.
|For more information on engagement, please see our Stakeholder Engagement page.|
Standards systems identify and mitigate conflicts of interest throughout their operations, particularly in the assurance process and in governance. Transparency, accessibility and balanced representation contribute to impartiality.
|The Copper Mark has a Business Integrity Policy to identify and mitigate conflicts of interest. The policy will become publicly available in 2021.
See above for balanced representation of stakeholder groups.
Standards systems make relevant information freely available about the development and content of the standard, how the system is governed, who is evaluated and under what process, impact information and the various ways in which stakeholders can engage.
|The Copper Mark publishes information about its organization, standard development and assurance process on its website.|
To reduce barriers to implementation, standards systems minimise costs and overly burdensome requirements. They facilitate access to information about meeting the standard, training, and financial resources to build capacity throughout supply chains and for actors within the standards system.
|The Copper Mark makes its training content publicly available in three languages (English, Spanish, Chinese).
Publicly available resources on its website are complemented by webinars, workshops and bilateral engagement with interested copper producers and partner organizations.
Claims and communications made by actors within standards systems and by certified entities about the benefits or impacts that derive from the system or from the purchase or use of certified product or service are verifiable, not misleading, and enable an informed choice.
|The Copper Mark Claims Guide defines what claims and communications participants, partners and supporters are allowed to make.|
Standards systems refer to or collaborate with other credible scheme to improve consistency and efficiency in standards content and operating practices. They improve their viability through the application of sound revenue models and organisational management strategies.
|Collaboration and recognition of existing systems is a core principles of the Copper Mark.
Existing systems that are equivalent to the Copper Mark are recognized in the assurance framework. The Copper Mark is recognized, or applying for recognition by, other systems such as the ICMM or the LME.
It lead the development of a Joint Due Diligence Standard for Copper, Lead, Nickel and Zinc to create efficiencies and reduce the burden on supply chain actors.