Fairmined http://www.fairmined.org Gold To Be Proud Of Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:47:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Revision of the Fairmined Standard http://www.fairmined.org/revision-fairmined-standard/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:26:07 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=9486 We work every day to be the best version of ourselves In April 2014 the Fairmined Standard for Gold and Associated Precious Metals, created by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), was published. Since then, the Fairmined Standard has enabled to connect artisanal and small-scale responsible miners with numismatic and jewelry sectors that promote just markets. The Fairmined Standard seeks […]

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We work every day to be the best version of ourselves

In April 2014 the Fairmined Standard for Gold and Associated Precious Metals, created by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), was published. Since then, the Fairmined Standard has enabled to connect artisanal and small-scale responsible miners with numismatic and jewelry sectors that promote just markets. The Fairmined Standard seeks to provide unique development opportunities and to generate positive impact in mining communities in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and on the environment in general.

The Fairmined seal guarantees the purchase of a product that comes from responsible mining. It is an opportunity for both growth and development for the artisanal and small-scale mining sector.

This year, ARM will bring together the involvement and commitment of the interested parties to achieve a revision that will design a new version of the Fairmined Standard (Fairmined Standard, v3), responding to the changing needs of the sector. The aim is to continue using the third version of the Standard as a tool to guide miners, in a more friendly and intuitive way, in the management and strengthening of their business, with a focus on responsibility. The decision of reviewing the standard this year is in line with the ISEAL’s recommendations for the development of standards, which state that a standard must be reviewed at least every five years to ensure it is relevant and effective in achieving its aim.

To offer a transparent, participative and productive service we will follow the activity timeline below, which we estimate will take about a year. As of May 2019, we reached step 3 of this timeline.

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CECOMIP AND ORO PUNO ACHIEVED FAIRMINED RECERTIFICATION http://www.fairmined.org/asmo-peru-recertification/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 21:12:32 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=9709 In the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), we are pleased to report that, to date, 2 artisanal and small-scale mining organizations (ASMO) located in Peru have been recertified with the Fairmined Standard: Oro Puno S.A. mining company (Empresa Minera Oro Puno S.A.) and CECOMIP -Central metallurgical mining cooperatives of Puno Ltda– (Central de cooperativas minero metalúrgicas de Puno Ltda) – […]

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In the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), we are pleased to report that, to date, 2 artisanal and small-scale mining organizations (ASMO) located in Peru have been recertified with the Fairmined Standard: Oro Puno S.A. mining company (Empresa Minera Oro Puno S.A.) and CECOMIP -Central metallurgical mining cooperatives of Puno Ltda– (Central de cooperativas minero metalúrgicas de Puno Ltda) – creating a total of 8 mining organizations with Fairmined Certification.

The path towards formalization and responsible mining practices is a great challenge for the ASMO, who strive to improve gradually to transform themselves and achieve positive impacts on their organizations and communities. The ASMO go through rigorous auditing processes; initially to obtain the Fairmined Certificate for the first time and, subsequently, to recertify annually. These audits guarantee the progressive improvement of good mining practices, as indicated by the Standard.

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RECERTIFIED MINING ORGANIZATIONS IN PERU

ORO PUNO S.A. MINING COMPANY (Empresa Minera Oro Puno S.A.)

The Oro Puno S.A. Mining Company of alluvial mining, obtained their Fairmined Ecological Gold Certification for the second consecutive year. It is the first Peruvian ASMO in the sector to obtain the Fairmined *Ecological Gold Certification, that is, neither mercury nor cyanide is used in their extraction and production process.

Committed to the extraction of Ecological Gold for its second year of certification, Oro Puno has advanced in environmental management and monitoring plans for the air, noise, water, soil, and flora and fauna.

THE CENTRAL METALLURGICAL MINING COOPERATIVES OF PUNO LTDA. (CECOMIP) (Central de cooperativas minero metalúrgicas de Puno Ltda)

The Central Metallurgical Mining Cooperatives of Puno LTDA. (CECOMIP) was certified for the first time under the Fairmined Standard in 2016. This made it the first gold alluvial mining organization in the world to obtain the Fairmined Certification.

In 2019, the auditing firm in charge approved their recertification for the third consecutive year. To achieve this, CECOMIP worked to improve its practices; the main challenges that CECOMIP faced were those related to job security, accident and training records, the first aid program and the description and records of the Fairmined System of Production.

The recertification of CECOMIP demonstrates their commitment to the responsible production of minerals, which complies with environmental and social regulations. Their achievements and progressive improvements prove that through work and perseverance, it is possible to positively transform the quality of life of their workers and the community.

To obtain more information about the recertified mining organizations, send an email to arm@responsiblemines.org

DECERTIFIED MINING ORGANIZATIONS

Due to the demanding requirements of the Fairmined Standard, not all the ASMO achieve certification or recertification, because it takes constant investment and dedication to maintaining the high level of compliance with responsible mining practices. This was the case with 3 ASMOs: Aurífera Yani R.L Mining Cooperative (Bolívia), who failed to comply with the commercial requirements of the Standard; Xamodx (Mongolia), because they need to improve their health and safety conditions at work; and La Cascada Mining Organization, which for internal reasons decided not to continue with the Certification.

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Fairmined achieves selling one ton of certified gold http://www.fairmined.org/ton-fairmined-gold/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 18:12:12 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=9622 FAIRMINED ACHIEVES SELLING ONE TON OF CERTIFIED GOLD Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the artisanal and small scale mining organizations certified with the Fairmined Standard, we have reached one ton of responsible gold. Since the publication of the Fairmined Standard on April 5, 2014, 1 ton of certified Fairmined Gold and more than 100 kg of silver […]

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FAIRMINED ACHIEVES SELLING ONE TON OF CERTIFIED GOLD

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the artisanal and small scale mining organizations certified with the Fairmined Standard, we have reached one ton of responsible gold.

Since the publication of the Fairmined Standard on April 5, 2014, 1 ton of certified Fairmined Gold and more than 100 kg of silver have been sold, which has generated a Fairmined Premium of more than 4 million dollars paid to certified mining organizations. This Premium is an incentive for the responsible practices implemented by the miners and implies an investment in the development for their organizations, and their workers, families and communities.

Yves Bertran, executive director of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), said that “these numbers reveal that the Fairmined Standard is an instrument that connects miners with the international market through sustainable and ethical chains that positively impact their communities.”

Thanks to the 21 ASMO that throughout history have obtained the Fairmined Certification and to more than 3000 beneficiaries and direct beneficiaries, this milestone has been achieved. “The Fairmined Standard is one of the most important solutions for our association, as it is a way to increase our revenues and improve our operations.” Fairmined Shijir Khishig Partnership certified mining organization, 2018, Mongolia. 

The lack of resources and challenges in mining territories such as unsafe working conditions means that not all mining organizations can keep up with the high progressive requirements of the Fairmined Standard. However, ARMs team has experienced that will and perseverance in the support of the miners makes responsible artisanal and small-scale mining possible.

AURELSA decided to become certified for various motives, first, because of the trust that we have in ARM due to the years of joint work. Because we feel that our knowledge of and experience with artisanal mining are valuable. Because we have been part of the elaboration of the Fairmined Standard. In addition, we decided for Fairmined for the Premium, which is this highest of the system of fair gold commerce.” María Rosa Reyes Pajuelo, member of the mining organization AURELSA, 2014, Perú.

 

The Fairmined Standard

In 2014 ARM created the Fairmined Standard to support sustainable development and the implementation of responsible practices by artisanal and small-scale mining organizations and communities (ASMO). Certified mining organizations, which produce their gold in compliance with the progressive requirements of the Standard, sell their gold at a fair price to international markets and are part of responsible supply chains. These organizations get a Premium of up to $ 4,000 per kilogram of Fairmined certified gold, that is invested in their organizations and communities. This Premium reaches the territories thanks to the people who choose to purchase products made of responsibly mined Fairmined Gold.

Thanks to the award received for the Fairmined Gold sales, the Multiactive Agromining Cooperative of the Municipality of Iquira in Colombia “has improved its mining activity by 80%”. Luis Alfredo Gonzalez, legal representative and president of the Fairmined Award Committee, said that “two years ago we did not even have an office, today, through the prize, we have been able to buy the facilities and we have equipped them”.

González added that “60& of the Premium received for our Fairmined Gold sales is invested in adjustments to the cooperative’s facilities for the improvement of our productivity. 20% is invested in culture and education for partners, workers and community. 10% is invested in health with healthy brigades for members, workers and the community and periodic occupational health monitoring for workers of the mining organization. 10% is for social support and solidarity where we provide collaborations to partners, workers and the community if needed. ”

 

The importance of 1 ton: responsible artisanal gold mining and on a small scale

Although 1 ton of gold does not seem much compared to the more than 1,053 tons produced during the first half of 2019 worldwide, according to the World Gold Council, for ASMO it is a significant amount. It is believed that ASMO produces between 20% and 30% of the world’s gold; for that reason, for ARM and the sector in general, a ton is a great achievement. Just as the impact that this ton has generated in the mining communities is great. In addition, it is the evidence that responsible ASMO is possible and that there is a market that pays an additional premium to appreciate this gold.

Equally we must recognize the human and financial effort necessary to facilitate this ton: it requires effort from the miners, support organizations, donors and buyers. Without their support, this achievement would not have happened. ASMO must formalize and improve its practices to obtain certification. And it doesn’t stop there. After obtaining the certification, we continue to support ASMO in the improvement and implementation of good practices, since the normative frameworks, the context, ASMO and the communities are constantly changing.

 

Where did the first ton of Fairmined gold go?

Buyers of Fairmined Gold are found in 27 countries worldwide, although the main markets have been european countries and North America. Today, more than 240 companies in the gold industry – mostly in the jewelry sector- participate in the Fairmined Initiative to access the GOLD TO BE PROUD OF and to offer consumers a product of responsible origin.

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Contribute to the revision of the Fairmined Standard http://www.fairmined.org/revision-fairmined-standard-2-2/ Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:19:18 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=9535 BE PART OF THE NEW VERSION OF THE FAIRMINED STANDARD! CONTRIBUTE FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE AND SEND US YOUR COMMENTS Do you have any suggestions for the development of the Fairmined Standard 3.0? We are currently at the pre-consultation stage. Send us your comments until August 1, 2019 to standards@responsiblemines.org or by phone to +57 (4) 332 47 11. Tell us […]

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BE PART OF THE NEW VERSION OF THE FAIRMINED STANDARD! CONTRIBUTE FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE AND SEND US YOUR COMMENTS

Do you have any suggestions for the development of the Fairmined Standard 3.0? We are currently at the pre-consultation stage. Send us your comments until August 1, 2019 to standards@responsiblemines.org or by phone to +57 (4) 332 47 11. Tell us what you think it is important to include in the next version.

Comments and recommendations will be received and discussed by the Board of the Standard.

This year, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) begun revising the Fairmined Standard, published in April of 2014. We are currently at the pre-consultation stage to lay the ground for a participative, productive and transparent consultation. See all the steps of the consultation process here.

To learn about the principles that will guide the creation of the new version of the Standard, see the Terms of Reference here.

With a commitment to the strict compliance criteria of the Standard and as a response to the needs of the sector, ARM will facilitate the process that leads to the third version of the Fairmined Standard. The goal is to continue strengthening the organizational, social, labor and environmental development of artisanal and small-scale mining organizations, and foster a responsible gold that we can all be proud of.

To develop this new version, we are inviting all stakeholders – mining organizations, companies and industry associations, experts, public organizations, civil organizations, and the general public – to share their comments and opinions with ARM. They will be taken into account when constructing the third version of the Standard.

We will soon publish the terms of reference to start renewing the members of the Board of the Standard. If you are interested in being a part of this Committee, please send us your letter of intent to standards@responsiblemines.org

Furthermore, during the year we will publish the draft of the new Standard to officially open the public consultation for the Fairmined Standard 3.0.

The Fairmined Standard, published in 2014, is being revised this year as per the ISEAL standard development recommendations, which state that a standard should be revised at least every five years to ensure its relevance and effectiveness toward the accomplishment of its goals.

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D-day is celebrated with Fairmined coins by Monnaie de Paris http://www.fairmined.org/paris-mint/ Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:35:23 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=9498 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY IS CELEBRATED WITH FAIRMINED COINS BY MONNAIE DE PARIS Responsible and Fairmined Gold is part of the coins collection launched by La Monnaie de Paris (Mint of Paris) on June 6th, 2019, aimed at celebrating D-Day, which commemorates the arrival of the Allies to Normandy during the Second World War. The collection includes two coins of 7 […]

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75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY IS CELEBRATED WITH FAIRMINED COINS BY MONNAIE DE PARIS

Responsible and Fairmined Gold is part of the coins collection launched by La Monnaie de Paris (Mint of Paris) on June 6th, 2019, aimed at celebrating D-Day, which commemorates the arrival of the Allies to Normandy during the Second World War.

The collection includes two coins of 7 and 28 grams, made with gold provided by mining organizations certified with the Fairmined Standard. Their price is 750 and 3.000 euros respectively.

La Monnaie de Paris is one of the many organizations committed to selling ethical and responsible gold extracted by artisanal and small-scale miners worldwide. Fairmined coin collections show the value the industry gives to Fairmined gold, which is mined by mining organizations that apply good practices.

Buying the collection means people are contributing to the development and improvement of life quality of the mining communities in Latin America and Africa.

In 2018, Paris Mint launched the fist Fairmined coin to commemorate the century of the First World War.

We invite you to find out more about the certified mining organizations, where the responsible gold from these coins comes from, and their life-changing stories.

If you are interested in buying the Fairmined coins collection, visit www.monnaiedeparis.fr

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Revision of the Fairmined Standard http://www.fairmined.org/revision-fairmined-standard-3/ Fri, 10 May 2019 20:00:21 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=9407 We work every day to be the best version of ourselves In April 2014 the Fairmined Standard for Gold and Associated Precious Metals, created by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), was published. Since then, the Fairmined Standard has enabled to connect artisanal and small-scale responsible miners with numismatic and jewelry sectors that promote just markets. The Fairmined Standard seeks […]

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We work every day to be the best version of ourselves

In April 2014 the Fairmined Standard for Gold and Associated Precious Metals, created by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), was published. Since then, the Fairmined Standard has enabled to connect artisanal and small-scale responsible miners with numismatic and jewelry sectors that promote just markets. The Fairmined Standard seeks to provide unique development opportunities and to generate positive impact in mining communities in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and on the environment in general.

The Fairmined seal guarantees the purchase of a product that comes from responsible mining. It is an opportunity for both growth and development for the artisanal and small-scale mining sector.

This year, ARM will bring together the involvement and commitment of the interested parties to achieve a revision that will design a new version of the Fairmined Standard (Fairmined Standard, v3), responding to the changing needs of the sector. The aim is to continue using the third version of the Standard as a tool to guide miners, in a more friendly and intuitive way, in the management and strengthening of their business, with a focus on responsibility. The decision of reviewing the standard this year is in line with the ISEAL’s recommendations for the development of standards, which state that a standard must be reviewed at least every five years to ensure it is relevant and effective in achieving its aim.

To offer a transparent, participative and productive service we will follow the activity timeline below, which we estimate will take about a year. As of May 2019, we reached step 3 of this timeline.

DOWLOAD AND READ THE FAIRMINED STANDARD, Version 2 HERE

We will soon create a page to receive your comments.

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Fairmined Gold and Fairmined Ecological Gold: Differences and benefits. http://www.fairmined.org/fairmined-gold-and-fairmined-ecological-gold-differences-and-benefits/ Wed, 10 Apr 2019 16:38:10 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=9348 Fairmined Gold and Fairmined Ecological Gold: Differences and benefits. Have you ever heard about Fairmined Gold and Fairmined Ecological Gold? You still do not understand the difference? Here you will find some useful information to clarify your doubts. Since 2004, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) supports artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) to promote the sustainable development of mining communities […]

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Fairmined Gold and Fairmined Ecological Gold: Differences and benefits.

Have you ever heard about Fairmined Gold and Fairmined Ecological Gold? You still do not understand the difference? Here you will find some useful information to clarify your doubts.

Since 2004, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) supports artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) to promote the sustainable development of mining communities that implement responsible practices. With this objective in mind, ARM embarked on a journey of learning and reflections that several years later resulted in the Fairmined Standard.

The Standard includes requirements for responsible mining organizations, such as:

  • Formal and legal mining operations
  • Environmental protection
  • Good working conditions
  • Traceability of Fairmined minerals
  • Supporting the socio-economic development of the communities through the Fairmined Premium and the Fairmined Ecological Premium.

In addition, the Standard also includes requirements that must be met by the other participants in the responsible supply chain, which are the buyers of the certified metals.

The gold produced under the standard is called Fairmined Gold. Fairmined Ecological Gold is produced under the same strict standard for responsible mining that applies to Fairmined Gold in terms of social, economic and organizational criteria. But there is a difference: Fairmined Gold is produced with responsible handling and the reduction of toxic chemicals such as mercury and cyanide, while Fairmined Ecological Gold is extracted and processed without using any toxic chemical at all within the mining organization. Furthermore the miners need to comply with additional requirements to minimize ecological alterations.

Fairmined Ecological Gold processing

The processing for the production of Fairmined Ecological Gold is characterized by not using any toxic substance for the recovery of gold but implementing gravimetric processes where equipment such as gutters, concentration tables, centrifugal concentrators or pans are used.

Mercury and cyanide

The most common toxic chemicals used in mining are mercury and cyanide. The mercury is mixed with minerals that contain gold, forming a mercury-gold amalgam that is then heated, evaporating the mercury and thus obtaining the gold.

The leaching or extraction of soluble matter from a mixture through the use of cyanide, is when the miners use cyanide to dissolve and separate the gold from the mineral. When done correctly, it is considered a safer alternative to the use of mercury since the toxicity of the substance can be deactivated.

If the cyanide is managed in an irresponsible manner, it can cause immediate damage. Mercury is a more gradual threat to people’s health and to the environment. Mercury is a chemical element that comes from both artificial and natural sources. It is not degradable and accumulates in the environment or in the body.

The responsible use of these chemical products is allowed under the Fairmined Certification (not the Ecological Certification) as long as the legislation of the country allows it. This responsible use includes putting into practice methods of mercury recovery throughout the process, avoiding emissions to the atmosphere, soil and water, the proper disposal of waste and the training of personnel in charge of its management and disposal, as well as the use of protective equipment and appropriate places for the handling of these chemicals. However, the Fairmined Standard stipulates the gradual elimination of the use of these chemicals for the production of gold.

Although not all miners have the possibility of eliminating the use of toxic chemicals due to lack of access to appropriate technologies or geological circumstances, the Fairmined Standard encourages them to appropriate and implement responsible and ecological production chains, offering an additional premium over the gold sales price up to USD 4,000 if they produce Fairmined Gold and USD 6,000 for those mining organizations that commit to Fairmined Ecological Gold production.

Responsible mining organizations can use the Fairmined Premium to make investments in cleaner technologies and other improvements in processing techniques. In addition, the premium also seeks to promote investment for changes in the community and improvements to common work spaces within the organization.

 

 

[1] Amalgam: Gold, silver and several other metals and their compounds are capable of alloying with mercury. These alloys are known as amalgams.

 

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Fairmined certified gold sales duplicate within one year http://www.fairmined.org/fairmined-certified-gold-sales-duplicate-within-one-year/ Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:55:14 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=9275 361,5kg of Fairmined Gold were sold in 2018 In the course of 2018, Fairmined Gold sales reached a total of 361,5 kg , a record that almost exceed last year’s sales by 100%. This is a great achievement that has been possible thanks to all the people who are part of the responsible gold supply chain. The team of the […]

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361,5kg of Fairmined Gold were sold in 2018

In the course of 2018, Fairmined Gold sales reached a total of 361,5 kg , a record that almost exceed last year’s sales by 100%. This is a great achievement that has been possible thanks to all the people who are part of the responsible gold supply chain. The team of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) welcomes this success which is a positive development for the Fairmined Initiative, its allies and collaborators.

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This achievements also brings us closer to another important milestone: Between 2014 and 2018, 968,10 kg of Fairmined Gold have been sold worldwide, which means that soon we will be able to report the first ton of GOLD TO BE PROUD OF having reached the market.

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This reaffirms the commitment of both miners and mining organizations as well as buyers and brands with responsible artisanal and small-scale mining as an active force for good which contributes to an institutional, social and environmentally sustainable development . ARM wants to thank the Fairmined certified mining organizations for their commitment, their work and their willingness to be part of the change. This achievement is also significant for them as they received USD $ 1,459,729 in 2018 through the Fairmined Premium.

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Since 2014, a total of USD $ 3,665,928.52 of Fairmined Premium has been paid to certified mining organizations to invest in their sustainable development. Thanks to this premium, mining organizations can improve their productive performance, as well as the conditions of their workers and the community. In this report you can find examples of the use of the Fairmined Premium in 2017. The premium use of 2018 will be published in ARM’s annual report which will be published soon.

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At ARM we feel proud and invite you to join us to continue the success story in 2019, which will be full of new challenges, partnerships and even higher goals.

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Fairmined meeting Europe: The gathering of the “Fairmined Family” http://www.fairmined.org/newfairminedmines-2-2/ Mon, 28 Jan 2019 15:28:43 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=9086 On 7 January 2019, a special meeting took place in Vienna, Austria. People from all over Europe gathered to talk about one of the most exciting topics in the gold sector: Fairmined. Goldsmiths, jewelers, refiners and suppliers from Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland followed the invitation by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and […]

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On 7 January 2019, a special meeting took place in Vienna, Austria. People from all over Europe gathered to talk about one of the most exciting topics in the gold sector: Fairmined.

Goldsmiths, jewelers, refiners and suppliers from Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland followed the invitation by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and travelled to Vienna to participate in the Fairmined Meeting Europe. As Fairmined Licensees and Authorized Suppliers they actively participate in the Fairmined Initiative by buying and selling Fairmined Gold and producing beautiful products with an added value, such as jewelry or coins.

One of the objectives of this day was to update the participants on the work of the Alliance for Responsible Mining and progress of the Fairmined Program. Conny Havel, Head of Supply Chains and Markets, shared information on sales, market, supply, demand and impact of Fairmined in 2018, as well as giving an update on the 11 Fairmined certified mining organizations and ARM’s work plan 2019 to supportand further grow gold supply chains from responsible artisanal and small-scale mining.

Furthermore, two workshops were held. The first workshop focused on the revision of the Fairmined Standard 2.0, as 2019 will see the development of Fairmined Standard 3.0. Following ISEAL’s international recommendations for Standards Development, sustainability standards should be reviewed at least every five years for continued relevance and for effectiveness in meeting its stated objective. The Fairmined Licensees and Suppliers were invited to reflect on the requirements of the Fairmined Standard 2.0 that apply to them and share their inputs on how to improve version 3.0. Interesting discussions emerged and the participants had the opportunity to reflect on important topics with Felix Hruschka, expert on artisanal and small-scale mining, president of the ARM Board and one of the leader’s in the development of historic, present and future Fairmined Standards. This workshop was part of the initial collection of inputs from specific Fairmined Stakeholders, the public communication of the revision and consultation of the Fairmined Standard 3.0 will start in the coming months.

The second workshop focused on collecting inputs for the Fairmined Market Strategy 2019, according to ARM’s philosophy to shape its works as much as possible to the needs of its partners. The highly motivated group reflected on what their expectations and needs are to be successful with Fairmined, on what works well and what should be improved, on values and customers, amongst others. A special highlight were the values which our partners associate with Fairmined, as they perfectly reflect how its developers want it to be perceived:

The feedback from the participants was extremely positive and ARM thanks all those who travelled to Vienna to contribute and make the meeting a success. One of the greatest pleasures of our work is to engage with these dedicated people who call themselves “Fairmined Family”!

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More Fairmined certified gold in Peru and Colombia! http://www.fairmined.org/newfairminedmines/ Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:31:47 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=8902 Two new artisanal and small-scale mining organizations (ASMO) are overcoming the challenges and achieve to comply with the “Year 0” requirements of the Fairmined Standard to be able to trade and sell responsibly mined Fairmined certified gold. With these two new ASMOs, already 10 mining organizations worldwide produce Fairmined Gold. At the Alliance for Responsible Mining we are celebrating that […]

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Two new artisanal and small-scale mining organizations (ASMO) are overcoming the challenges and achieve to comply with the “Year 0” requirements of the Fairmined Standard to be able to trade and sell responsibly mined Fairmined certified gold. With these two new ASMOs, already 10 mining organizations worldwide produce Fairmined Gold.

At the Alliance for Responsible Mining we are celebrating that the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector of Peru and Colombia becomes more responsible every day. In the first week of December, two mining organizations in these countries have obtained Fairmined Certification: Mina Chede from Cauca, Colombia; and Minera Artesanal San Luis from Ayacucho, Peru.

This was possible, above all, thanks to the miners’ efforts, their determination, motivation, and support.

“Many people in the world have started worrying more and more about how the goods they consume are produced. We decided to get this certification because we firmly believe that only an activity that takes into account all its surroundings (social, environmental, financial) deserves to be called mining. Nevertheless, what we are doing now could become mandatory in the future. For this reason, we want to tell all the miners who wish to follow this path: make it your decision today, don’t wait for it to be an obligation tomorrow”. Anny Jaramillo, Planning Director at Mina Chede.  

Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold from responsible ASMOs; it guarantees that the production of Fairmined Gold is responsible and that it contributes to environmental protection as well as social and labor development. A mining organization is able to obtain Fairmined Certification once it has completed its formalization process, when it meets the “Year 0” requirements of the Fairmined Standard and having committed to continually improve their good mining practices.

The mining organization Minera San Luís (Peru) has obtained the certification thanks to the technical assistance and support of civil society organi<ations such as Solidaridad and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM).

To this day, San Luis benefits around 200 people (members and workers), and approximately 250 families. During the certification and formalization process the organization provided their community with various projects like rural electrification, education support and healthcare improvement. Now, after reaching Fairmined Certification, the organization aims to double their production and export their product to international markets, thereby contributing to a responsible gold value chain.

Mina Chede (Colombia) also obtained the certification thanks to the constant efforts of their workers and the support by the Better Gold Initiative BGI* and ARM.

The 10 mining organizations with Fairmined Certification are distributed over 4 countries: 4 in Peru, 4 in Colombia, 1 in Bolivia and 1 in Mongolia. At present, Peru is the leader in the production of Fairmined certified gold.

For more information:
Profile of San Luís, Peru.

Profile of Mina Chede, Colombia.

 

*BGI – is a project of the Swiss Cooperation (SECO) and the Swiss Better Gold Association (SBGA). For more information about the project visit: www.ororesponsable.org

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