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, 8 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.


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.

The Alliance for Responsible Mining attends EXPOMIN MAPE PERU 2018

From August 26 to September 2, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) attended the first miners’ and artisanal and small-scale mining fair (EXPOMIN MAPE) at Campo Ferial de Juliaca, Puno, Peru.

Fostering a global discussion on Zambia’s artisanal and small-scale mining

ARM’s Director, Yves Bertrán, attended the International Conference on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining & Quarrying in the Republic of Zambia (ASM18). This event fostered a discussion on the opportunities for development and the challenges of artisanal and small-scale mining worldwide.

CRAFT: a path towards responsible sourcing and progressive improvement in artisanal mining

The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and RESOLVE have released a code to facilitate increased responsible sourcing from artisanal miners, while contributing to improved social and environmental performance of artisanal and small scale mining sector.

New positions in the Board of Directors of the foundation

In September the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Responsible Mining chose Felix Hruschka as its new president and Harbi Guerrero as its vice president. Due to them great work done during several years in the organization, from now on, the two experts will be at the head of ARM.

Press Releases

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...

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...


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...

The formalization of artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Colombia and its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, the international agenda for Sustainable Development was published. 17 Sustainable Development Goals were defined to guide nations on their path towards eradicating poverty and...
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