The Responsible Mining Business Integrity Tool has been developed as part of Transparency International’s Accountable Mining Programme.
This tool provides a structured framework for evaluating business integrity and anti-corruption policies, procedures and practices in the context of licensing, permitting and acquisitions.
The tool is focused on achieving outcomes – a reduction in the company’s exposure to corruption risk.
The tool is comprised of three equally-weighted evaluations:
- Assessing business integrity risks
- Embedding business integrity measures
- Demonstrating business integrity
Within each of these evaluations, there are two types of questions to be answered.
Numbered Performance Indicators
These questions focus on whether the company has certain policies and procedures in place or takes particular actions.
- There are a maximum of 2 points per question
- Yes (2 points) – Our company fully meets the indicator and there is evidence to substantiate this.
- Partial (1 point) – Our company partially meets the indicator or evidence is weak.
- No (0 points) – Our company does not meet the indicator. The evidence is so weak that it cannot reasonably be relied on or there is no evidence.
All questions are weighted equally.
- Performance on each evaluation is calculated as follows:
- 0-33% significantly below the expectations of a responsible mining company
- 34-66% well below the expectations of a responsible mining company
- 67-79% below the expectations of a responsible mining company
- 80-100% meets the expectations of a responsible mining company
- Note boxes: Under each question you have the option to add comments or notes to explain your answer. The information you provide will not affect your results but including this information as a record to support your answer will enhance the value and utility of the evaluation.
These questions ask for examples and information about the implementation of policies and procedures. Reflection questions are designed to prompt internal reflection about how the company’s business integrity policies and procedures have been implemented.
Just like the notes under the performance indicators, the information you provide will not affect the results. However, to truly benefit from using the tool, we recommend you take the time to reflect on these questions with staff from different business units and functions.
This is an opportunity to gain a better sense of the strength of the company’s business integrity practices during licensing, and to identify areas for improvement.
All information is stored securely.
Saving your work
The tool is designed to be used over a period of time to enable you to engage with people from different parts of the company.
You do not need to enter all information at once. Simply click ‘save and continue’ and your response will be saved in the form when you log out, ready for you to continue with the evaluation when you return.
You can return to review and edit your responses and notes any time prior to submitting the evaluation.
Guiding questions and standards cited
To the right of each question, you will find guiding questions designed to assist you in your response as well as the specific standards and best practice guidance that are the source for the question. You can also access the full list of standards cited from the menu.
Results for each evaluation
Once all numbered questions have been answered for an evaluation, submit the evaluation from the final question page, which is also accessible via the drop-down menu. A results page will be automatically generated and will also be available via the dashboard.
The results for each evaluation contain a statement of performance, targeted recommendations and suggested resources. From the results page, you can also see your response to each of the questions as well as any notes you have submitted. This page can be downloaded and printed.
Once all three evaluations have been submitted, you will receive an overall score and statement of performance based on your results in the three evaluations. The results and recommendations can be downloaded and printed.
Each part of the tool – assessing, embedding and demonstrating – is equally important. As such, the results for each of the three evaluations are equally weighted in the overall score, even though some sections contain more questions than others.