Responsible Mica Initiative Publishes 2020 Annual Report

A report detailing RMI’s mission, milestones and key achievements over the course of the past year in India’s Bihar and Jharkhand states 

Despite a difficult year for the entire sector, RMI made significant progress in 2020 thanks to the commitment and involvement of its 66 members and others devoted to achieving RMI’s mission

Community Empowerment Programs were sustained in 80 villages, improving the living conditions of more than 30,000 children and adults in mica-dependent villages. RMI and its CSO partners adapted community programs to meet nutrition and health needs exacerbated by the pandemic.

To scale up the adoption of responsible workplace practices, in collaboration with the Responsible Minerals Initiative RMI developed a Global Mica Standard that aimed to be used not only in India but also in other countries with poor working conditions in the mica sector.

Because local governments shifted their focus to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, RMI had little means to move its Legal Framework program forward. RMI did, however, pursue direct engagements with local governments and even managed to strengthen relations with them when, for example, RMI submitted the
Sustainable Mica Policy Framework and Vision to the Jharkhand government.