The Copper Mark’s Criteria for Responsible Production is a credible set of requirements for responsible metal production and sourcing for stakeholders throughout the copper, molybdenum, nickel and zinc value chains.
THE COPPER MARK CRITERIA FOR RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION
The Copper Mark Criteria for Responsible Production are management system requirements defined in the Risk Readiness Assessment and the Criteria Guide. All participants commit to fully meet all criteria within 24 months. Whether a site produces copper, molybdenum, nickel, or zinc, the standard and process is the same. Only the outcome may vary, resulting in The Copper Mark, The Molybdenum Mark, The Nickel Mark, or The Zinc Mark, or a combination thereof.
The Risk Readiness Assessment (RRA) is created by the Responsible Minerals Initiative. It represents the core expectations from over 40 leading existing voluntary sustainability standards across all major environmental, social, and governance topics. To learn more about how it was developed, visit the Responsible Mineral Initiative’s website.
Download the Risk Readiness Assessment criteria here.
The Criteria Guide provides additional guidance, including a description of the performance determination and means of verification for each criterion.
Download the Criteria Guide here.
The Copper Mark Assurance Process must be implemented at site-level. A site may comprise several activities in different locations in the same geographic area and under the same management control.
Participants are eligible to take part in The Copper Mark Assurance Process using the Copper Mark Criteria for Responsible Production
Participant: a site involved in the extraction, processing, treatment, mixing, recycling, handling, or otherwise manipulating one or more of the principle covered metal products. (copper, molybdenum, nickel, zinc). A Participant is assessed against all 32 Copper Mark Criteria. Only Participants are eligible to make Copper Mark Claims in accordance with The Copper Mark Claims Guide. Depending on the metals, these may be related to The Copper Mark, The Molybdenum Mark, The Nickel Mark, and The Zinc Mark, or a combination thereof.