Responsible Mining Index

The overarching purpose of the Responsible Mining Index (RMI) is to see the full potential of minerals and metals mining positively benefit economic development, improve the lives of people and respect the environments of producing countries, particularly in some of the world’s poorest regions, while ensuring that mining companies also benefit in a fair and viable way.

With this in mind, the specific goal of the Responsible Mining Index is to encourage continuous improvement in responsible mining by transparently assessing the performance of 30 large, geographically dispersed mining companies on economic, environmental, social and governance (EESG) issues, and highlighting leading practice.

The Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) defines responsible mining as mining that demonstrably respects and protects the interests of people and the environment, and contributes discernibly and fairly to broad economic development of the producing country.

The Index will be published every two years and will assess approximately 30 large, globally dispersed companies, including publicly listed, state-owned, and private companies. Their performance will be scored largely at company-wide level, although a small number of indicators will focus on the performance of approximately 150 mining operations.

RMI assesses company performance on a range of indicators; it is not a benchmark, certification or standard. The emphasis is on leading practice and learning.