Copper Mark Frequently Asked Questions
The Copper Mark was founded, and initial funding was provided, by the ICA, and it is currently being managed by ICA personnel. However, the Copper Mark will soon be established as an independent entity governed by a multi-stakeholder body.
The Copper Mark is a voluntary program open to all members of the industry, including members of ICA. However, participation is not a prerequisite for becoming a member of the ICA.
The Copper Mark is a voluntary responsible-production program open to all members of the industry. Participants in the Copper Mark do not have to be members of the ICA.
Companies participating in the Copper Mark are required to implement and be assessed against a set of responsible production criteria. The responsible production criteria are aligned to industry norms defined by the Risk Readiness Assessment created by the Responsible Minerals Initiative. For more information, visit the requirements page.
Unlike the other programs, the Copper Mark is designed specifically to engage the copper industry. However, the Copper Mark acknowledges that there are several credible sustainability standards systems active in the mining and minerals industries. Where these are applicable to the copper industry and meet our responsible production criteria, they are fully recognized by the Copper Mark.
A primary objective of the program is to meet LME responsible sourcing requirements. The Copper Mark program is communicating with the LME to ensure equivalence across reporting mechanisms.