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More Mining Sites Adopting Responsible ‘Copper Mark’ 

The Copper Mark, an assurance framework to promote responsible practices in critical minerals mining, has published its first Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) report, outlining performance against its key indicators for responsible mining across the critical minerals value chain. The average number of sites that partially met the Copper Mark’s criteria in 2022 was 3.6 out of 32 requirements, the report said, adding that the percentage of annually globally mines copper produced by sites with the Copper Mark has increased from 4% in 2020 to 21.1% in 2022. The Copper Mark has also seen a fourfold increase in the number of partner companies since 2020. Michèle Brülhart, Executive Director of the Copper Mark, said: “We are pleased to launch the Copper Mark’s first M&E Report, showing the progress we made in the first three years of the organisation to promote responsible practices across the copper value chain. The Copper Mark is fully committed to transparency and accountability for ourselves and our participants. The results of today’s report are used to inform our strategic goals, organisational processes, and serve to proactively prevent and mitigate potential unintended negative impacts.” 


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