Demonstrating Value - A Guide to Responsible Sourcing

Increasingly, customers, governments, civil society organisations and consumers are seeking to purchase goods that have been produced in socially and environmentally responsible ways. To keep pace, ICMM members must respond at both the operational level and how they integrate with broader value chains.

Challenges include:

  • How to develop performance criteria and standards that can apply across a wide range of product systems and jurisdictions
  • How to design responsible sourcing and procurement programmes that reflect the capabilities and resources of different sized businesses
  • How to get market recognition for leadership

This toolkit helps ICMM members, metal commodity associations, national mining associations and stakeholders understand, navigate and respond to external responsible sourcing, and to improve their own sustainable procurement practices.

The guide and its tools have been divided into three groups according to their main uses: development, engagement and integration.

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1,2, 3

This section focuses on understanding the value chain of the products, identifying risks and capitalising on opportunities for improvement.

These tools assist in establishing or enhancing a sustainable procurement (SP) programme and on evaluating and participating as a supplier or participant in a responsible sourcing programme (RSP).


4, 5, 6

These tools show how ICMM members can develop and share the knowledge required to progress SP and effectively participate in an RSP. They also provide suggestions to ensure members have the information and data to enable them to effectively support SP and responsible sourcing ideas.


7, 8, 9

This section provides guidance on integrating SP and responsible sourcing practices into business. Tool 9 looks beyond 2030 and how expectations will evolve for responsible sourcing.