With the aim of achieving responsible and sustainable mining, we provide the following services to our beneficiaries:
Assessment of potential project beneficiaries:
Mining organizations are interviewed and assessed to determine if their needs would make them a good fit to participate in a project. ARM executes projects on Fairmined certification, mercury reduction and elimination, formalization of mining groups, technological transformation, empowerment, and leadership with a gender focus, among others.
Diagnostic of organizational, economic, legal, environmental, labor, and social conditions:
ARM applies tools it has developed to assess the situation of ASMOs or groups of its project beneficiaries. The starting point for the diagnostic is the Fairmined Standard, because this approach provides a comprehensive understanding of the organization under assessment.
Identification of needs for support and design of improvement plans:
Based on the results of the organizational assessments and an analysis of the internal and external causes for the conditions found, the beneficiaries participate in designing their own improvement plans. These plans will be implemented during the project execution, so that the parties involved (ARM and beneficiaries) can commit to working towards achieving clear, measurable, and realistic actions and goals.
The improvement plans are constructed in a participatory manner with our beneficiaries and are implemented through personalized consultations within each of the beneficiary organizations. The main issues addressed during the consulting sessions and improvement activities are described below:
Organizational aspects, internal control, and economic sustainability:
The economic, accounting, administrative, governance, and financial conditions of the organization are evaluated, complemented by a self-assessment by the beneficiaries and the application of other diagnostic tools, in order to identify the capacities, skills, and training needed to overcome the weaknesses identified and the challenges imposed by the market. The assessment of economic sustainability is based on a geological analysis, along with production and business plans for extraction of potential resources from the mining site. ARM guides the organization in designing, explaining, and implementing these plans.
The environmental analysis is based on an evaluation of the following mining practices that generate negative environmental impacts: discharge of toxic substances into point sources of water, soil, or air; inadequate disposal of mining and mineral processing waste; and alterations to soil and water. In some cases the analysis is complemented by specialized studies to determine the impact generated, primarily affecting water sources. Subsequently, improvement plans are designed, implemented, monitored, and evaluated. The project beneficiary groups receive capacity building in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of related activities.
Use and management of mercury and toxic and dangerous substances:
Analysis of the treatment process implemented; identification of needs for training on use and management of toxic substances; hazard mapping and baseline studies of mercury contamination; dissemination of information; raising awareness on the effects of mercury; mineralogical analyses; metallurgical testing; on-site demonstrations of available processes and technologies; design, implementation, and monitoring of plans for the elimination of point sources of pollution and of plans for reduction and eventual elimination of mercury.
Mining sector and mining community:
In addition to benefiting from the project actions executed in participating ASMOs, the surrounding mining communities also receive complementary capacity-building services. At the community level, some of the services offered are: training on tools and capacity building for community monitoring and evaluation of development projects; training for women’s groups in business plans, leadership, economic autonomy, community participation, and community project management; self-care campaigns in educational institutions; and management of mining conflicts.
The conditions for labor protection, occupational health and safety, and collective bargaining agreements are analyzed. Subsequently, improvement plans are designed, implemented, monitored, and evaluated. The project beneficiary groups receive capacity building in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of related activities.