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ICMM’s assurance process reinforces our members' commitment to transparency, and ensures the credibility of reported progress on social and environmental performance.

Member companies are required to obtain annual third-party assurance of their sustainability performance. In practice, this assures:

1) the alignment of member company sustainability policies against the ICMM 10 Principles and mandatory requirements set out in supporting ICMM position statements.

2) the ongoing review of and integrity of the process for identifying company specific sustainable development risks and opportunities.

3) the existence and implementation of systems and approaches for managing sustainable development risks and opportunities.

4) the integrity of reported company performance across a selection of identified material sustainable development risks and opportunities.

ICMM's assurance procedure is designed to be compatible with member companies’ own sustainability reporting processes. Independent external assurance has the potential to deliver real value to mining and metals companies, both in terms of the credibility and effectiveness of their sustainability reporting practices and the integrity of their systems of internal control.