The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has created a new trophy which will be presented at every opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. The “Olympic Laurel” is awarded to an outstanding individual with great contributions to Olympism in terms of culture, education, development and peace. In 2016 Kip Keino was the first recipient of the Olympic Laurel.
The new trophy consists of a laurel wreath and the Olympic rings which are made with Fairmined Gold from artisanal and small-scale mining organizations in Colombia and Peru. The foundation of the trophy is a replica of a stone from Ancient Olympia, as a symbol of reconnecting with ancient games.
“When we founded ARM and created the Fairmined Certification the aim was to show the world that artisanal and small-scale mining can be a sustainable tool for development with a great potential for social impact. Today, more than 10 years later, our vision becomes real: billions of people were watching the handover of the Olympic Laurel made of artisanal Fairmined Gold, which contributes to sustainable human development. This victory of artisanal miners shows the world that artisanal gold mining can be responsible and that through these miners innovation is possible which not just benefits themselves, but also their communities. Now we must continue our work and involve more organizations to acknowledge the work of these artisanal miners” says Patrick Schein, board member and one of the founders of the Alliance for Responsible Mining.
By using Fairmined certified gold, the IOC – and many other organizations and companies from the gold industry – are contributing to creating a more sustainable and responsible world. This reflects a global trend of growing demand for sustainable minerals and ethical gold products.