Fairmined http://www.fairmined.org/fr/ Gold To Be Proud Of Wed, 10 Apr 2019 16:44:25 +0000 fr-FR hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Fairmined Gold and Fairmined Ecological Gold: Differences and benefits. http://www.fairmined.org/fr/fairmined-gold-and-fairmined-ecological-gold-differences-and-benefits/ Wed, 10 Apr 2019 16:43:55 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=9356 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 CertificFairmined Gold and Fairmined Ecological Gold: Differences and benefits.ation) 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/fr/fairmined-certified-gold-sales-duplicate-within-one-year/ Fri, 15 Feb 2019 22:25:17 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=9279 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.

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.

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.

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.

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/fr/newfairminedmines-2-2/ Mon, 28 Jan 2019 15:28:43 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=9089 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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ARM recognised with the Chopard Green Carpet Collection (GCC) Award http://www.fairmined.org/fr/arm-recognised-chopard-green-carpet-collection-gcc-award/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 23:03:17 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=6391/ Caroline Scheufele, co-president and creative director of Swiss luxury watch and jewellery company Chopard, launched in Cannes 2017 “The Chopard Green Carpet Collection (GCC) Award ». Mining organizations that have played a key role in Chopard’s Green Carpet Collections were present at the award ceremony. Caroline Scheufele, together with Livia and Colin Firth, took this opportunity to honor Chopard’s strategic suppliers […]

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Caroline Scheufele, co-president and creative director of Swiss luxury watch and jewellery company Chopard, launched in Cannes 2017 “The Chopard Green Carpet Collection (GCC) Award ».
Mining organizations that have played a key role in Chopard’s Green Carpet Collections were present at the award ceremony. Caroline Scheufele, together with Livia and Colin Firth, took this opportunity to honor Chopard’s strategic suppliers who all share the same social and environmental values, awarding them the Chopard GCC Award for Commitment to Sustainability and Social Justice.
The awardees are:
– Alliance for Responsible Mining, Colombia, on behalf of the Fairmined certified mining organizations,
– Aurora Gems Pty Ltd, Australia
– Gemfields, Kagem mine, Zambia
– Lucara, Karowe mine, Botswana
Since we began this process we have seen just how our clients appreciate the stories behind the jewellery they love. True luxury is understanding provenance. As a family run business, it is so important to know that the materials we use, from gold to diamonds to coloured gemstones, come from suppliers who share our same values.” Caroline Scheufele, co-president and creative director, Chopard.
Marion Cotillard, Doutzen Kroes, Poppy Delevigne, Karlie Kloss and Rihanna wearing Chopard jewellery crafted from Fairmined Gold at the Cannes Film Festival, 2013- 2017
The award is part of the “Journey to Sustainable Luxury”, which is the commitment of Chopard to a long-term program to achieve sustainable luxury, with the goal of improving the environmental impact and the lives of those at the beginning of the supply chain.The project was officially launched at the Cannes Film Festival of 2013 where the first Green Carpet Collection made of Fairmined Gold was presented by celebrities. Besides, since 2014, the festival’s Palm d’Or has been crafted with Fairmined Gold.Furthermore, Chopard wishes to promote social justice through responsible mining practices, reason why they financially supported a project of the Alliance for Responsible Mining to enable mining organizations improve their practices and reach Fairmined Certification. Chopard is a pioneer in highlighting the issues of artisanal and small-scale mining in the jewelry industry, and ARM is proud to accompany them on their path towards sustainable luxury.

 

 

 

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Process and timelines of the Fairmined Certification http://www.fairmined.org/fr/download/process-timelines-fairmined-certification/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:24:54 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=6176 The post Process and timelines of the Fairmined Certification appeared first on Fairmined.

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New Success for Peruvian Responsible Mining: MACDESA becomes a Fairmined Certified Organization http://www.fairmined.org/fr/new-success-peruvian-responsible-mining-macdesa-becomes-fairmined-certified-organization/ Wed, 10 May 2017 12:22:12 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=6374/ We have the pleasure of sharing with you a new Fairmined Certification in Peru: the Minera Aurífera Cuatro de Enero Sociedad Anónima cooperative (MACDESA), following the example of its precursor CECOMIP, which obtained the Fairmined Certification in 2016. MACDESA is located in the district of Arequipa, close to the old Centro Poblado menor Cuatro Horas, where mining has always been […]

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We have the pleasure of sharing with you a new Fairmined Certification in Peru: the Minera Aurífera Cuatro de Enero Sociedad Anónima cooperative (MACDESA), following the example of its precursor CECOMIP, which obtained the Fairmined Certification in 2016.

MACDESA is located in the district of Arequipa, close to the old Centro Poblado menor Cuatro Horas, where mining has always been part of life for the 500 families that make up the community. MACDESA since its inception has provided basic services such as electric lighting, health services, educational support for the children of workers, and partnerships with the local school through the hiring of teachers. Also in 2015, when a fire destroyed the old Centro Cuatro Horas, demolishing about 90% of the homes, MACDESA provided support for those affected by assisting with the relocation, feeding needs and installation of emergency tents.

On the path to the Fairmined Certification, MACDESA significantly improved its production system, its social and environmental responsibility, as well as its commercialization process of the gold. An example of this was when the mining organization made substantial changes to improve the housing conditions of the workers in the mining camp with the creation of new rest areas and a social space.

MACDESA also stands out for the key role played by women miners within the organization, gathered in the foundation Asociación de Seleccionadoras de Mineral de Cuatro Horas (ASDEMIC). In fact, women’s meticulous work consists in selecting the mineral that still has a gold value from among the debris that the miners remove from the mine. The mining organization values the work of these women and protects them through a series of agreements made to improve their working conditions and the professionalization of their work. With the Fairmined Premium, which contributes up to $ 4,000 USD per kilo of Fairmined Gold sold, MACDESA will continue to support the association. In fact, the organization plans to invest part of the Premium so that the women miners can establish a company which will provide services to the mining organization itself and the community.

To know more about Macdesa, click here.

 

 

 

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Yani R.L. – the second Bolivian cooperative that achieves Fairmined Certification http://www.fairmined.org/fr/yani-r-l-second-bolivian-cooperative-achieves-fairmined-certification/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:59:13 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=6346/ This cooperative from La Paz is proud to be the second one in the country to obtain Fairmined Certification, a certification which guarantees that their mining processes comply with high standards of security, environmental protection and human rights and opens the door to international commercialization. Following the example of the 15 de Agosto cooperative, Yani is the second artisanal and […]

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This cooperative from La Paz is proud to be the second one in the country to obtain Fairmined Certification, a certification which guarantees that their mining processes comply with high standards of security, environmental protection and human rights and opens the door to international commercialization.

Following the example of the 15 de Agosto cooperative, Yani is the second artisanal and small-scale mining organization in Bolivia that obtained Fairmined Certification. Since 2013 the miners have been working hard to improve their mining practices and comply with the requirements of the Fairmined Standard. Their work was rewarded on 6 March 2017, when they achieved the certification. Yani’s miners want to prove to their community and to other cooperatives that it is possible to mine responsibly with a strict handling of mercury, mining safety, social security and environmental management.

We learned a lot about environment-friendly management, and also about all the legal and work-related issues that must be taken into account for small-scale mining organizations. Working with responsibility makes us greater concerning our overall production and the development of our labor”, stated Carlos Yurja Álvarez, partner at Yani and David Quispe Quito, President and partner.

The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and Cumbre del Sajama, with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), accompanied the Bolivian cooperative on its path towards certification. Cumbre del Sajama has supported the workers and partners from Yani and other Bolivian associations in safety and occupational health, environmental management, administrative issues, gender equality, community relationships, adequate mercury management, among others, to comply with the ethical and environmental requirements of the Fairmined Standard.

The cooperative has shown a strong commitment towards the continuous improvement and wellbeing of their partners, workers, families and the mining community in general. Yani also differentiates itself through the true gender equality which exists in the cooperative, where women develop tasks inside the mining camp, take care of the facilities and work in general administration and in other spaces which would be mostly open to men in other organizations. Mireya Saavedra Rivera, auditor of the IMOSwiss AG, applauds the cooperative’s advances:

Yani is an association which is very committed in every aspect, and willing to comply 100% with the norm. The miners worked tirelessly for this achievement, according to the instructions and support given by Cumbre del Sajama. They are eager to improve their systems of mineral washing and minimize the use of mercury. Furthermore they made big investments in the construction of tailings, shaking tables and in improvements to their warehouses, explosives storage, among others”.

Today the miners of Yani are motivated to comply with the requirements demanded by the Bolivian normativity to be able to export their gold and sell it to international markets. Thanks to the Fairmined Certification, Yani will now receive a Premium of up to 4,000 USD per kilo of Fairmined Gold, on top of the gold price.

This achievement was possible thanks to a project ARM is implementing in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru and which is financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF).

Facts and figures about the Yani cooperative

Number of partners: 75 men and 10 women

Number of workers: 60 men

Type of extraction: hard rock

Yani R.L. is located at 4290 meters (14074.8 feet) above sea level, on a middle mountain range belonging to the Bolivian Andean eastern ranges. Yani has grown with a mission of solidarity towards the mining family and a vision of growth and development. 88 families depend on the cooperative’s activity. The community is also deeply influenced by its ethnic background, inhabited by 40 families of Aymara origin who almost make up the whole population.

Read more about Yani here.

 

 

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European delegation from Samlerhuset visiting the mining cooperatives of Iquira and La Llanada http://www.fairmined.org/fr/european-delegation-samlerhuset-visiting-mining-cooperatives-iquira-la-llanada/ Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:16:02 +0000 http://www.fairmined.org/?p=5814/ Colombian gold shone in 2016, upon the international stage but also in Colombia in the two Fairmined certified mines in the regions of Huila and Nariño. Indeed, in December 2016 the Iquira Cooperative and the Coodmilla Cooperative (Coodmilla Ltd.) received a visit from representatives of the Samlerhuset multinational, who had produced the Nobel Peace Prize medal with the responsible gold […]

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Colombian gold shone in 2016, upon the international stage but also in Colombia in the two Fairmined certified mines in the regions of Huila and Nariño. Indeed, in December 2016 the Iquira Cooperative and the Coodmilla Cooperative (Coodmilla Ltd.) received a visit from representatives of the Samlerhuset multinational, who had produced the Nobel Peace Prize medal with the responsible gold of the two mines.

A delegation from Samlerhuset, owner of the Mint of Norway, traveled to Colombia from December 13 to 16, 2016 to visit first the Iquira mine and then La Llanada. These visits were a culmination of the efforts of the two mines to obtain the Fairmined certification. The first one, the cooperativa multiactiva agrominera del municipio de Iquira, obtained the Fairmined Certification in 2014, with the goal of implementing responsible social practices. The certification has since permitted the cooperative to export its gold to international markets at a fair price, receiving an additional premium of approximately USD $4,000 per kilogram to be invested in improvement processes and community projects. For the second consecutive year, the gold used in the Nobel Peace Prize Medal came from this mine. The cooperative received further international acclaim in 2015 when it participated for the first time in elaborating the Fairmined Palme d’Or awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.

The second mine belongs to the Coodmilla Cooperative in the mining district of La Llanada. In 2015, five mines belonging to La Llanada cooperative became certified at the individual level. The rapid results and recognition achieved from the certification sparked the enthusiasm and motivation of other miners in the cooperative. In the second half of 2016, Coodmilla applied for the Fairmined certification for its production system of ten mines, adding five new mines to the first five that sought certification. The entire cooperative watched with thrill as Coodmilla representative Daniel Riascos met Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo.

The visits brought together players from opposite ends of the production chain, allowing an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas. Afterwards, both parties expressed their desire to continue collaborating. The mining representatives, for their part, felt proud that their efforts to develop more responsible mining were valued at the international level, and that their work reflects a positive image of small-scale mining in Colombia. For the Samlerhuset delegation, composed of company leaders and representatives from its European offices, this trip was a unique opportunity to witness artisanal mining, to learn first hand about the mining livelihood, and to better understand the commitments and positive impacts involved in the Fairmined Standard. As a parting souvenir, the miners gave members of the delegation an insignia made out of Fairmined gold and silver. After such an exciting adventure, the Europeans confessed that they would never look at a gold medal in the same way.

The visits were also an opportunity to give more visibility to medals crafted out of responsible gold in the collectors market, and to continue expanding product lines and exploring new areas for business.

« It is about increasing the attention the entire coin industry gives to these issues of artisanal and small-scale mining, so that more companies start using gold from certified artisanal and small-scale mines. This way we can gradually improve miners’ working conditions, and protect the environment at the same time, » said Ole Bjørn Fausa during a media interview with El Diario del Huila.

The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize was the first medal in the world made out of Fairmined Gold, initiated by Samlerhuset and the Mint of Norway and developed in collaboration with the Alliance for Responsible Mining. Ole Bjørn Fausa was confident that projects of this type would continue; indeed, shortly after the launch of the Nobel Prize medal, other medals were crafted out of Fairmined Gold from the cooperatives (in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, and Norway). The success was immediate, demonstrating consumers’ great interest in purchasing products containing artisanal-mined gold. The Colombian mine visits were the gateway for introducing the challenge of responsible gold into the agenda of the numismatic market, with the aim to progress forward in this giant industry and open future opportunities.

 

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