Our work

Our impact

ARM has participated in formalization and improvement initiatives in artisanal and small-scale mining in 15 countries in Latin America and Africa.


More than 150 mining organizations have received our support. Currently, 10 of them count with the Fairmined Certification

1,530,000 USD of Fairmined Premium has been paid to certified mining organizations to invest in their development and community projects.


First exchange of women miners

From the 13th to the 16th of November the first exchange of women miners of the Boyacá department took place. Here, women were able to share experiences, projects and life lessons about their situation in the artisanal and small-scale mining subsector. Also, on the 13th of November, we received a visit of a delegation of the Embassy of Canada, country that finances the project Proudly Women Miners through the Fund for Local Initiatives.

“Swimming against the tide” – A story from a Colombian miner at the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference

Rolberto Alvarez of the small-scale agromining association “La Fortaleza” from Nariño, Colombia, was invited to participate in the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference to share the story of his organization and community and their path towards responsible mining.

Working Towards the Implementation of Gender Equality in the ASM

ARM organised a workshop on the participatory creation of tools and methodologies to encourage gender equality in the ASM sector. Forty-three women took part in the event, amongst which were coal miners, students of the SENA and potters, all members of the project “Orgullosamente Mineras” (Proudly Women Miners).

OECD Due Diligence Guidance project activities

Delegates from the OECD were in Colombia participating in various activities as part of their commitment to evaluate the current status of the mining system in the country and also to start the OECD project in mining communities in areas affected by conflict and high risk in Colombia.

National Committee, looking at the future of artisanal and small-scale mining in Colombia

“It is a very good opportunity for artisanal mining communities to show organizations that we have the skills and that we can make their commitments to be ours as well,” Cristian Morales, president of the Board of Directors of the Coodmilla LTDA small-scale mining organization.

Press Releases

Proposals on mercury after COP2

26th November 2018 This week, the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) took place in Geneva. The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)...

Monnaie de Paris launches the first coin made of Fairmined gold in France

Medellín / París. May 14th 2018 Photo (c) François Tancré - Samlerhuset On the occasion of the centenary of the First World War, Monnaie de Paris, France's longest standing institution and the...

Second Responsible Gold mine certified in Bolivia: the Mining Association of Yani R.L.

March 23, 2017 When the Bolivian mining cooperative Yani R.L. obtained Fairmined Certification in March 2017, each and every member of the Cooperative were rewarded for their commitment to high...

The King’s Choice : the world’s first commemorative medal in Fairmined Gold

December 15, 2016 Photo (c) Samlerhuset After the Nobel Peace Prize Medal being made of Fairmined Gold, Samlerhuset and the Mint of Norway decided to launch the first Fairmined commemorative medal...

The Nobel Peace Prize Medal shines bright with Colombian Fairmined Gold

Dicember 10, 2016 The Nobel Peace Prize medal 2016, which will be awarded to Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos tomorrow 10 December in Oslo, is made of Fairmined Gold from two Colombian...


“Sustainable Jewellery. Principles and Processes for Creating an Ethical Brand “

The launch of “Sustainable Jewellery. Principles and Processes for Creating an Ethical Brand” shows us the revolution that is taking place within the jewellery sector today. An opening to the secrecy that characterizes it, if we compare it to more innovative and communicative industries like fashion, in which we find an endless number of publications addressing its harmful impact on the environment, and the question of developing sustainable practices.

The final step to achieving a mercury free dream

The general assistant of Gualconda mine and president of the Asociación Agro Minera de los Andes “Fortaleza”, Rolberto Alvarez, has been on a mission to eliminate mercury from the processes used by the 13 member association to extract gold. In December of 2017 the Colombian association accomplished this goal.

Beyond the tip of certified sustainable production iceberg

In the last decade, we have seen a spectacular increase in sustainability initiatives and Voluntary Sustainability Standards. However, in many agricultural supply chains we still face a tremendous challenge to bring small producers up to the sustainability standards required by market stakeholders and consumers.

Italian jewelry market: no fear to change

Francesco Belloni, 48 years old, handled the jewelry founded by his father in 1955. Married, two lovely daughters, he works hard to achieve his goals, he works with passion and sense of responsability. The claim he chose for his ethical brands is “Dignity is the most precious asset”.

How are miners and the government advancing in the elimination of mercury?

It is a fact that mercury cannot be used in extraction operations in the country. But, how do you get small miners to cast it aside when it gave them good results at a low cost?  Article for Revista...
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