The Risk Readiness Assessment (RRA) Criteria is a tool of the RMI that serves as a common standard of reference for environmental, social and governance (ESG) due diligence in mineral supply chains.
The RRA Criteria are supplemented by the RRA Criteria Guide which supports consistent interpretation and implementation of the Criteria. The Guide has been jointly developed by the RMI and the Copper Mark.
The Risk Readiness Assessment (RRA) Criteria is available as self-assessment and self-reporting tool. Its main objectives are to promote a common understanding of ESG due diligence requirements, and to enable users to assess and manage risks in mineral supply chains.
The Risk Readiness Assessment Version 3.0, published on October 19th 2023, comes into effect on January 1st 2024. RRA v3.0:
- Download the RRA Criteria V3.0 here.
- Download the RRA Criteria Guide V 3.0 here: English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Indonesian.
- Download the RMI Guiding Note to Criterion 31 Tailings Management here.
Prior to January 2024, RRA Version 2.0 remains in effect:
To access the RRA on the RBA-Online Platform, click here.
The RRA Criteria
The RRA Criteria Version 3.0 cover 33 ESG issues organized in three pillars:
- Governance: cross-cutting practices that underpin the effective implementation of any social and environmental criterion. They include core aspects of risk-based due diligence and business integrity.
- Social: refer to the respect and enhancement of the human rights and labor rights of workers, communities, and other affected stakeholders in line with internationally recognized frameworks.
- Environmental: address alignment with global climate goals and circularity principles as well as the implementation of environmental management practices informed by the mitigation hierarchy.
The RRA Criteria v3.0 require the implementation of risk-based due diligence in consideration of the OECD Guidelines on Responsible Business Conduct, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas and the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.
What You Can Do
RMI members that pursue alignment with the RRA Criteria can:
- Disseminate the RRA Criteria in their mineral supply chains to define ESG expectations;
- evaluate their own performance against the Criteria through the self-assessment available on RBA-Online;
- monitor the performance of their upstream suppliers and drive improvements by requesting them to undertake the self-assessment and sharing their report in RBA-Online;
- communicate their ESG performance to customers, suppliers, investors, and other internal and external stakeholders by means of the downloadable RRA report.
What RMI Does
The RMI requires facilities to undergo a self-assessment against the RRA Criteria as a pre-requisite to any RMI assessment. The self-assessment generates a downloadable report with a two-year validity period.
A self-assessment against RRA Version 3.0 is made available for all other companies as a voluntary tool.
Facilities can request a third-party assessment as independent evaluation of their ESG performance based on the RMI Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Standard for Mineral Supply Chains.
Earlier versions of the RRA and supplementary resources can be accessed here:
- RRA v2.0 Industry Norms (2019)
- RRA v2.0 Criteria Guide (2020)
- RMI's Risk Readiness Assessment v2.0 Voluntary Standard System (VSS) Equivalency Benchmark Results
The RRA is regularly reviewed to ensure that the Criteria are up to date and representative of the current landscape in the mineral supply chains. For details, consult the RRA Review Process.
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