Mining and Metal Standards

Mining & Metal Standards

ASI aims to harmonise with relevant external Standards and Schemes wherever possible and appropriate, in order to enhance collaboration, reduce unnecessary duplication, and inform ASI’s learning and continual improvement.

The ASI Standards Benchmarking and Harmonisation Procedure describes the identification, benchmarking and review of external Standards and Schemes for potential harmonisation with, including recognition by and of, ASI Standards.

1) International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) Equivalency Benchmark

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) is an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry. ICMM brings together 27 mining and metals company members and over 35 national, regional and commodities association members.

ICMM’s Mining Principles and ICMM Performance Expectations (PEs) define good practice environmental, social and governance requirements for the industry through a comprehensive set of PEs. Implementation is supported by site-level validation, transparent disclosure of the outcomes and credible assurance of corporate sustainability reports. ICMM’s Mining Principles and ICMM PEs are a condition of membership for ICMM’s company members and apply to more than 650 assets (mine sites) in over 50 countries.

ASI and ICMM conducted a comprehensive Equivalency Benchmark between October 2019 and August 2020 to see how the requirements of the ASI Performance Standard are equivalent to, or differ from ICMM’s Mining Principles and associated PEs. The two standards have been compared, both in terms of ‘stringency’ and ‘prescriptiveness’, and a final Equivalency Benchmark was mutually accepted between ICMM and ASI in August 2020.

An updated Equivalency Benchmark is to be completed in 2022 that will take into account all relevant changes in the revised ASI Performance Standard.

How it works

The table below provides an overview of the requirements of the ASI Performance Standard that Exceed, Meet, or Partially Meet the requirements of the ICMM Mining Principles.  The full ICMM Mining Principles-Centric Benchmark table can be found on page 6 in the Equivalency Benchmark document.

ASI Performance Standard exceeds ICMM PE

2 PEs

6.3, 10.2

ASI Performance Standard meets ICMM PE

23 PEs

1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.4, 8.2, 9.1, 9.3, 10.1

ASI Performance Standard partially meets ICMM PE

11 PEs

1.5, 2.1, 4.1, 6.2, 6.5, 7.1, 7.2, 8.1, 9.2, 10.3, 10.4

ASI Performance Standard does not meet ICMM PE

0 PEs

Not Applicable for ASI Performance Standard

2 PEs

1.3, 9.4

What does the Equivalency mean for ICMM members who are also ASI Certified Members?

This recognition means that for ICMM member assets that have undergone third-party validation of the ASI Performance Standard within in the last three years, ICMM will recognise this validation so assets do not need to repeat the validation for those requirements deemed equivalent in this table, for which the asset has already demonstrated conformance under the ASI Performance Standard.

If the PE is ‘Partially Met’ by the ASI Performance Standard requirements, the highlighted text and notes in the ICMM’s Mining Principles-Centric Benchmark table will say what additional evidence companies need to provide to meet the PE.

Why are there differences between ASI / other standards and ICMM? 

  • The other standard owners and ICMM are distinct organisations with different memberships, mandates and governance structures.
  • The drivers behind how and why each standard was developed are similar, but not exactly the same. Each will have conducted extensive consultations during their development phases, and reflect differences in terms of what was deemed a priority to their respective stakeholders.
  • Standards that are commodity or geography specific are likely to emphasise particular environmental, social or governance issues over others. Given the diversity of ICMM’s membership, the Mining Principles are designed to apply across commodities and geographies.

Why did ASI rate ‘Partially Meets’ on certain ICMM PEs?

  • ICMM wanted specific language and references to be included in the ASI Performance Standard requirement (not in the Guidance, where it is mentioned) in order to be equivalent. This was the case for all PEs where ASI rated ‘Partially Meets.’
  • Gaps have been logged as part of the ASI Standards Revision process that takes place between 2020-2022.
  • ASI will carry out a benchmarking process on how the ICMM Mining Principles align with or differ from the ASI Performance Standard once the ASI Standards Revision Process has been completed in Q1 2022. This is to prevent duplication of work.
  • While ASI did not always agree with all points and ratings made, we accept the recognition and the importance of the process more broadly. ASI looks forward to continuing working  with ICMM on equivalency as our standards evolve over time.