We work for the sustainable development

of artisanal and small-scale mining in Latin America, Africa and Asia


With our knowledge we contribute

to the implementation of projects and consultancies in responsible mining

We created Fairmined Certification

to transform the sector and improve the quality of life for miners, their families and communities

Our work

Standards and Certification

We develop standards which aim at transforming artisanal and small-scale mining into an activity that performs responsibly in social, environmental, organizational and labor matters.

Public Policies

We promote inclusive policies to position artisanal and small-scale mining as a legitimate socio-economic actor within the industry.

Supply Chains

We facilitate the delivery of responsible gold to the markets and help to establish fair supply chains.

Mining support

We work directly and indirectly with mining organizations to achieve sustainable change on the ground.

Partner with us

to empower artisanal and small-scale mining organizations across the globe.
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Our Impact

ARM participated in initatives regarding recognition, formalization and improvement of artisanal and small-scale mining practices in 11 countries in Latin America and Africa.
ARM has supported more than 100 artisanal and small-scale mining organizations. Today, 7 organizations are Fairmined certified in  Colombia, Perú, Bolivia y Mongolia and around 20 are working towards certification.

US$ 1,500,000 of Fairmined Premium has been paid to certified mining organizations to invest in their development and community projects.


The Practical Guide for the formalization of small scale mining in Colombia has arrived!

Envigado, April 28 For those small miners on the way to formalization, the Alliance for Responsible Mining -ARM- is releasing this month the Practical Guide for the formalization of small mining in...

ARM recognised with the Chopard Green Carpet Collection (GCC) Award

Caroline Scheufele presents “The Chopard GCC Award for Commitment to Sustainability and Social Justice” to Yves Bertran Alvarez, Executive Director of ARM, Cannes 2017. Envigado, June 6th, 2017...

New Success for Peruvian Responsible Mining: MACDESA becomes a Fairmined Certified Organization

@ARM - Kike Arnal   Envigado, May 10   We have the pleasure of sharing with you a new Fairmined Certification in Peru: the Minera Aurífera Cuatro de Enero Sociedad Anónima...

Alliance for Responsible Mining and Resolve developing standard to help more artisanal gold miners access global markets

@Ronald de Hommel - Kani Camara   Envigado, May 2 An estimated 20 million people in the developing world make their living through artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), contributing to the...

And the Winner of the Fairmined Campaign is… JEM! – Jewellery Ethically Minded –

Envigado, April 11   In February 2017, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) launched the first Fairmined social media Campaign, inviting brands working with Fairmined Gold and Silver to...

Press Releases

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 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 for the collectors...

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...

Responsible Fairmined Gold continues its success story: The Olympic Laurel and $1 Million USD of Fairmined Premium

Recognition of the Fairmined Initiative has been growing exponentially over the past two years. Proof of this are the latest accomplishments: After Fairmined Gold being used for important...

100 brands offer Fairmined Gold worldwide

March 10 2016 The Fairmined initiative has grown steadily since 2014 when the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) launched its flexible sourcing models to expand market opportunities for artisanal...


Child Labor in Mining – From Regulations to Field Experiences

Child labor prevents children and adolescents from exercising their right to education, and it infringes upon their right to health. It hinders their right to leisure and recreation, thus robbing...

Achievements and challenges in the Fairmined Certification System

The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) developed the Fairmined Standard to create opportunities for artisanal and small-scale mining organizations (ASMO), helping them to transform into...

New Year’s resolution: Information for formalization

ASM formalization is a challenge to all gold producing countries. Results vary greatly, but in general, ASM continue to be predominantly informal. One, but most definitely not the only cause for...

Artisanal gold miners are the new ‘COPitalists’

As a Parisian, last month was a real example of life with its mixed feelings, bumps, fights and victories. Thirty days ago our lives were hit by the dramatic Bataclan shootings. Violence was next...

Between legality and legitimacy: which is more important?

For those of us who have been immersed in the world of small-scale mining for years, it is common to ask this question while trying to understand the historical, economic, ethnic, environmental and...
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