October 27th 2016
The Nobel Peace Prize medal 2016 awarded to Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos will be made of Fairmined Gold from two Colombian artisanal and small-scale mining organizations certified under the Standard of the Alliance for Responsible Mining.
Los peruanos están comenzando a ser conscientes de la importancia de tener practicas éticas y responsables, y varias organizaciones mineras artesanales y de pequeña escala están trabajando para mejorar sus actividades y alcanzar el Estándar de Minería Justa Fairmined, el cual les permite mejorar su trabajo a través de prácticas responsables y sostenibles. Además, les da acceso a cadenas de suministro justas y a precios del oro internacionales.
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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 international events and awards such as the Nobel Peace Prize and The Cannes Film Festival with the Palme d'Or, Fairmined Gold surprises again by being part of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 with the Olympic Laurel. Another milestone is $1 million US Dollars in Fairmined Premium that has been paid to artisanal and small-scale mining organizations as compensation for their commitment with responsible mining practices.
These two achievements reflect the main objectives why the Fairmined Standard was created: To improve the lives of miners and their environmental and social practices; and to enable actors in the gold industry to engage with the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector in a positive way, providing access to certified gold via traceable supply chains which promotes responsible mining practices.
ARM thanks all partners and stakeholders who have supported us in generating positive impact in these mining organizations. A special acknowledgment to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and Swiss watch and jewelry manufacturer Chopard for their support, thanks to these allies we were able to make an impact on this scale.
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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 miners. ARM can now celebrate having over 100 brands offering Fairmined gold and silver products worldwide.
“We are proud of Fairmined’s success in the market and the value it has generated for the miners” says Kenneth Porter, Head of Fairmined Business Development at the Alliance for Responsible Mining. “Luxury brands and independent designers from the jewelry industry, and producers of coins, medals and trophies are committing to responsible sourcing. We would like to thank them for their sourcing of Fairmined gold. This has allowed the miners to make significant improvements to their operations and communities. It has also brought these miners national and international recognition as leaders of responsible gold mining, setting an example for others to follow.”
25 de febrero de 2016
El próximo miércoles 2 de marzo, protagonistas de la formalización de la minería artesanal y de pequeña escala analizan sus oportunidades y desafíos en el acto de lanzamiento del estudio “La formalización de la pequeña minería en Colombia – experiencias desde el territorio”, realizado por la Alianza por la Minería Responsable en el marco del proyecto Somos Tesoro.
El evento contará con la presencia de la Viceministra de Minas, María Isabel Ulloa; la Directora de Formalización Minera, Mónica Grand; el Presidente de la Asociación Colombiana de Minería, Santiago Ángel Urdinola, Vicepresidente de Asuntos Corporativos y Sostenibilidad de Gran Colombia Gold, José Ignacio Noguera y mineros de las zonas abordadas en los estudios de caso. También nos acompañaran Jaime Arias y Ana Carolina González, expertos en temas mineros y docentes de la Universidad Externado de Colombia y Lina Villa Directora Ejecutiva de la Alianza por la Minería Responsable (ARM).
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February 5th, 2016
After great achievements as a Fairmined certified mining organization, including national and international recognition for the gold in the first Nobel Peace Prize in Fairmined Gold, the Colombian Cooperative from Íquira has renewed its certification.
The cooperative recently passed the independent audit by the certification entity IMOSwiss AG meeting the progressive requirements of the Fairmined Standard. To renew the certification the first time, the Standard mainly calls for continued compliance with entry requirements and advanced requirements in terms of working conditions, environmental management and management of the premium that is received from the Fairmined Gold sales. Joining the news, is the fact that a new mercury free processing plant is now also part of the Fairmined System of production of the cooperative.
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January 28th 2016
Traceability and assurance are the most important pillars of the Fairmined Certification System, guaranteeing that Fairmined products are what they are claimed to be. That is why the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) is happy to announce that the improved traceability and certification management solution for the Fairmined System, Ecert, is now up and running.
All actors in the Fairmined supply chain, from the miners to the operators and licensees, are now reporting Fairmined sales and purchases through the online portal Ecert that was put into use on the 1st of January 2016.
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December 3rd, 2015
The prize, featuring the head of Alfred Nobel, was struck at the Norway Mint in Kongsberg, Norway, ahead of the ceremony on December 10th where it will be presented to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. The mediators are credited with saving the country on the brink of civil war in the wake of the Arab Spring.
The Norwegian Mint, which produces the medal, has teamed up with the creators of the Fairmined Certification, Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), in a bid to show that the problems faced by artisanal and small-scale gold miners in the world can be transformed into positive stories.
3 de diciembre de 2015
Los ganadores del Premio Nobel de la Paz de este año serán presentados con una medalla elaborada en oro certificado Fairmined por primera vez en la historia del premio. El oro utilizado proviene de la Cooperativa Multiactiva Agro-minera del Municipio de Íquira en el departamento del Huila.
El premio, que tiene grabada la cabeza de Alfred Nobel, fue hecho en la Casa de la Moneda de Noruega en Kongsberg, y será presentado en la ceremonia de premiación el próximo 10 de diciembre al Cuarteto para el Diálogo Nacional en Túnez, a quienes se les atribuye salvar un país al borde de la guerra civil a raíz de la Primavera Árabe. La Casa de la Moneda de Noruega, quien produce la medalla, se ha unido con los creadores de la Certificación Fairmined, la Alianza por la Minería Responsable, con el objetivo de visibilizar que los problemas de la pequeña minería de oro en el mundo se pueden transformar en historias positivas.
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November 26th, 2015
Spirits where high when the Alliance for Responsible Mining, in collaboration with Cumbre del Sajama, hosted its Regional Workshop for the Latin American Network for Responsible Mining last week that was attended by more than 60 participants. Miners from Bolivia, Colombia, Peru showed great commitment and Ecuador participated to share their experiences with Fairmined Certification and participate in this year’s training sessions on labor conditions, gender issues, exportation and internal control systems.
One of the central points that the miners highlighted, and an important recognition of the sustainability of the Fairmined Certification System, was the fact that the miners had a genuine business case for Fairmined Certification thanks to the minimum price, the Fairmined Premium and the general improvements that lead the miners to formalization and certification. Two of the already certified organizations, the Peruvian company SOTRAMI and the Colombian Cooperative of Iquira, shared the advances they have made in their operations and communities thanks to the Fairmined Premium they have received until now.
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November 19th, 2015
When the Bolivian mining cooperative 15 de Agosto obtained Fairmined Certification in September 2015, each and every member of the Cooperative were rewarded for their commitment to health and safety and good environmental management in their operations.
Fairmined Certification boosted the process that brought significant change in the mining activities of the cooperative: among others an 88% percent reduction in mercury use, good waste management, proper management of water and soil and safe and dignified labor conditions. On their journey towards Fairmined Certification, the cooperative has received support and technical advice from the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and Cumbre del Sajama.
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November 19th, 2015
"This is all well and good, Demba, but how does Fairmined Certification support us miners?” This is among the many questions that Drissa and his miner colleagues ask Demba, another member of the mining community in this new booklet. The comic seeks to make the formalization process towards the production of responsibly mined minerals certified under the Fairmined Strandard easy to understand and accessible to all.
The booklet has been created by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) with drawings by Senegalese drawing artist Malang Sene, aka "Kabs" based on field visits to the eastern mining area of Senegal and creative exchanges with artisanal miners in the region. Its publication is part of the UNIDO led project "Creating a responsible artisanal gold mining supply chain and reduction of mercury emissions in West Africa" that ARM and Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) are implementing in the region.
¿El proyecto de decreto de clasificación de la minería propuesto por el Ministerio de Minas y Energía de Colombia compromete los procesos de formalización en el país?
11 de noviembre de 2015
El pasado 27 de octubre fue puesta a disposición de la ciudadanía en el sitio web del Ministerio de Minas y Energía el proyecto de Decreto “por el cual se reglamenta parcialmente el artículo 21 de la Ley 1753 del 09 de junio de 2015, con el fin de establecer la clasificación de la minería y se toman otras determinaciones”. La Alianza por la Minería Responsable (ARM por sus siglas en inglés), quien participó a lo largo del presente año en diversos foros y espacios de discusión convocados por el Ministerio en torno al tema, se permite hacer públicos sus comentarios y propuestas a este proyecto de Decreto, los cuales también se han enviado a través del canal puesto a disposición del público, y pueden ser consultados en su integridad aquí.
Aclaramos que no pretendemos representar al sector de minería artesanal y de pequeña escala en su conjunto, sin embargo, nuestra experiencia y trabajo en el país, particularmente en el sector de pequeña minería de oro, nos permite contar con información actualizada y objetiva sobre la realidad de los pequeños mineros y, por tanto, contribuir con la definición de los tipos de minería en el país.
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11 de noviembre de 2015
We are pleased to announce that MINERA SOTRAMI SA, one of the very first organizations ever to certify under the Fairmined Standard, has passed the audit for recertification and as such renewed their Fairmined Certification for another year.
To recertify, SOTRAMI has made various improvements to their operations - among these great advances in their internal control and traceability system. This achievement was mainly possible thanks to the hard work of the SOTRAMI shareholders and to the “Fairmined System of Production” concept introduced in the Fairmined Standard V. 2.0, that has facilitated that SOTRAMI include all the miners in the areas under SOTRAMI´s responsibility. The Fairmined System of Production is defined by mapping the areas, communities, mines and processing units and through detailed register of miners who are part of the Fairmined supply-chain. The certified mining organization must have authority over their System of Production and is responsible for its compliance with all standard requirements.
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October 7th 2015
Today the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and the Swiss watch and jewelry manufacturer Chopard announce that six new mines in Bolivia and Colombia have reached Fairmined Certification thanks to a joint project between the two partners. As part of their long term CSR strategy “The Journey to Sustainable Luxury” Chopard has financially supported the mining organizations in reaching Fairmined Certification as well as sourcing Fairmined Gold from other Fairmined certified mines for various jewelry and watch creations and the famous Palme d’Or of the Cannes Film Festival.
The Fairmined Certification System was developed by ARM to support the transformation of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) into a social and environmentally responsible activity that creates positive impact in mining communities. By attaining Fairmined certification, the six new mines are proving to the world that responsible artisanal mining is possible and that it provides a genuine opportunity for artisanal mining communities around the world.
October 5th 2015
The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) expresses its grief and condolences to the relatives and close friends of the three women who died in the artisanal mine of Bantaco last Thursday.
Even in normal conditions, mining is very dangerous in Bantaco, located alongside the Gambia River. It is even more risky during the rainy season because it is exposed to landslides and flooding. Despite regulations prohibiting any mining activity in the rainy season, many people motivated by the lack of money in this resource scarce period, return to the mining sites in an attempt to improve their precarious economic situation. The Bantaco mining community and the entire region of Kédougou were very affected by the three-month extension of the prohibition period enacted by a presidential decree. As the prohibition was lifted, miners began resuming their work trying to compensate and recover from the delay of the season, which usually starts in November (and only started in February this year).
September 14th, 2015
Artisanal and small-scale mining in Colombia and Mongolia has success stories but also faces certain challenges in the formalization of the activity and in ensuring that it is a responsible and sustainable source of income for miners and their communities. Today a high-level delegation from Mongolia led by the Minister of Mines and composed by the Mineral Resource Authority of Mongolia, and other industry representatives, come to Colombia to meet with a number of important public and private institutions who work in the mining sector in the country to learn from the Colombian experience as well as to share its own.
- Desarrollando estrategias inclusivas para la reducción de mercurio en la minería de pequeña escala de oro de Bolívar
- On the road to Fairmined: Miners show promising results at ARM’s workshop in Senegal
- Successful formalization of artisanal and small-scale mining requires a rights-based approach
- Bolivian Mining Cooperatives and the Public Sector jointly commit to strengthen the small-scale gold mining sector