Supply chain & Assurance

Fairmined supply chain actors

The following actors are part of the Fairmined supply chain. The downloadable lists show the status of all participants within the Fairmined supply chain:

Certified mining organizations

miners

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Mining organizations must fall under the category of artisanal and small-scale mining to be eligible for certification.  Mining organizations that meet the strict requirements of the Fairmined Standard are being certified and can sell Fairmined certified gold to the market.

Fairmined Suppliers

gold-industry

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These are the refiners, traders, manufacturers and casters that transform the gold into inputs for the various segments of the gold industry such as alloys, wire, sheet and casting grain. Actors in the supply chain whowant to trade Fairmined Gold must become a Fairmined Authorized Suppliers.

Fairmined Licensees

consumers

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To trade in Fairmined Gold and make claims about its use, any interested party must become a Fairmined Licensee. Fairmined Licensees have to comply with the requirements outlined in the Fairmined Standard, License Agreement and Mark Manual to ensure credibility. The licensing process is simple and straightforward and there is no licensing fee for use of the label.

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Fairmined Assurance System

The Fairmined assurance system includes all processes to ensure credibility and consistency with the compliance of the Fairmined Standard requirements by all actors of the Fairmined supply chain.

The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), the artisanal and small-scale mining organizations, the Fairmined Authorized Suppliers (including the First Authorized Buyers), the Fairmined Licensees and the recognized auditors  have specific roles in the Fairmined Certification and Authorization process and must comply with its requirements.

The Fairmined assurance system is comprised of two processes:

The overall structure of the assurance framework for the Fairmined authorization process of suppliers and licensees is detailed in the Fairmined assurance system document.

In order to ensure the credibility of the Fairmined Mark and compliance with the Fairmined Standard, both processes are audited and/or verified by third party auditing bodies or ARM’s Standards and Certification department. Additionally, all Fairmined actors must report their purchases and confirm their sales to the Ecert platform, ensuring that ARM and the audit bodies are able to trace Fairmined metals transactions.

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Fairmined Information System

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Ecert is the professional IT solution for the Fairmined Information System. It is an online platform for documental traceability control along the Fairmined supply chain, offering all the Fairmined actors – artisanal and small-scale mining organizations, Fairmined Suppliers and Licensees – a user friendly tool to report and analyze their flow of goods, and manage their audits and certification process online.

ACCESS TO THE SYSTEM
The platform can be accessed any time by visiting:  http://arm.e-cert.net/

MANUALS
We have developed materials to help the supply chain actors  navigate the system:
Manual for Licensees
Manual for Authorized Suppliers
Manual for Auditors (Fairmined Suppliers and Licensees)
Manual for Auditors (Fairmined Certified Organizations)

TUTORIALS
Webinar for Fairmined Licensees

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at: ecert@responsiblemines.org

 

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Third Party Auditing

Recognition process of audit bodies

 The process for being a Fairmined recognized audit body is detailed in the Fairmined assurance system document. Please contact cert@responsiblemines.org if you are interested in conducting Fairmined audits to send you further details.

This is the downloadable list of current Fairmined recognized audit bodies.

Recognized certification schemes

 Responsible Jewerly Council (RJC)

RJC Chain of Custody (CoC) Certified refiners can source from Fairmined certified artisanal and small-scale miners. Furthermore, RJC CoC Certified members who are Fairmined Suppliers and Licensees have the possibility to conduct combined audits under both standards. Contact cert@responsiblemines.org to evaluate the possibility of a joint RJC and Fairmined audit.