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CERA 4in1 CERTIFICATION SCHEME FINALISES PERFORMANCE STANDARD FOR MINING AND PROCESSING IN RAW MATERIALS VALUE CHAIN

ESSEN, 15 MARCH 2021: CERA 4in1, the global raw materials certification scheme, has finalised its Performance Standard (‘CPS’) for mining and processing activities worldwide.

The CPS was first published as a working model in April 2019, before being presented and initially discussed during the CERA stakeholder workshop at the Raw Materials Summit in Berlin in May 2019.

This model was then shared with partners, certification and auditing experts, potential clients and with the EIT RawMaterials. Following an extensive testing and review process, the overall revision and modification of the CPS was completed in December and is now published.

Commenting on the final CPS, Dr Andreas Hucke, CERA 4in1 Programme Director, said: “CERA 4in1 will only achieve its purpose if it presents real people and real companies working within the raw materials value chain with a useful, intuitive alternative – this is why listening and learning from our partners has been so important. The CPS is the first step towards realizing a holistic and comprehensive sustainability, environmental, social and corporate governance standard completely covering any kind of mining and processing activities. We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact it will bring.”

The CPS review process has involved collaboration with companies and institutions from a wide range of sectors from mining to non-profit organisations. Their feedback allowed significant and beneficial revisions to be included in the final standard, extending the CPS to guarantee a better understanding about its applicability and functionality.

CERA 4in1 project funded by EIT RawMaterials has named the new structuring of the CPS standard ‘CERA 4in1-CAMD-Structure’. CAMD stands for ‘Commitment, Assessment, Monitoring, Disclosure and Improvement’ and is comparable to the OECD's 5Step Management Approach and the PDAC approach of the ISO management standards. This important step towards harmonisation should also serve to create a consistent certification landscape.

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