Sustainable development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as introduced by the United Nations in 2016 are strategic topics recognized by the signatory countries as well as their respective legislators and industries. Due to the often massive influences of mining on the environment and society, the mining industry has a crucial role to play in achieving the SDGs. Furthermore, increasing demand for raw materials of the industry pose significant challenges for the provision of sustainable supply chains.

In order to support the achievement of the SDGs, the CERA certification system (CERA) was introduced for the provision and identification of sustainable raw material supply chains. It aims to provide means for sustainable production practices as well as traceability of sustainably sourced materials.

CERA has been introduced with the support of EIT RawMaterials in 2019 based on the following core components:

  • Independency, Transparency and Impartiality
  • Comprehensive setup: Applicability of CERA along the entire value chain, for all commodities and all organisations, on a global scale
  • Verifiable traceability: Tracking of sustainably sourced materials along the value chain
  • Multi-Stakeholder approach: Involvement of different interest groups
  • Cross Recognition of existing standards

CERA features a set of four standards as displayed in the figure below. Each of these standards tackles a different part of the value chain, providing different means to foster sustainable production and/or informed decision-making by customers.

For further information on CERA and its corresponding set of standards, please refer to the CERA Manual. The subject of this document is the description of the performance standard within the certification system.

The subject of this document is the description of the performance standard within the CERA certification system.

Performance Standard / Application & Scope
SECTION 1 – Corporate Governance
SECTION 2 – Social Responsibility
SECTION 3 – Environmental Responsibility