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Portofolio of services for responsible gold sourcing – Colombia

Sourcing gold from the artisanal and small-scale mining sector in Colombia can be complex.

With increasing national and international norms and regulations for the extraction and trading of gold, buyers can face many challenges in finding legal, formal, traceable, conflict free and responsible sources of gold. If you are looking to source gold from the artisanal and small-scale mining (“ASM”) sector in Colombia, ARM are strongly positioned with the skills, experience, credibility and methodologies to provide you with the solutions you need.

We provide positive solutions for companies to engage with the ASM sector in a meaningful and effective way, providing access to responsible sources of precious metals and minerals.

ARM offers a holistic package of services with a cost effective approach for responsible sourcing and establishing treaceable supply chains:

Due Diligence in risk management of mining organizations

ARM can perform due diligence audits of ASM operations to check market compliance for selected criteria::

  • National legal and formalization requirements (mining and financial)
  • National legal and formalization requirements (mining and financial)
  • Human rights and Labor conditions
  • Environmental compliance
  • International norms and regulations such as EU legislation and Dodd-Frank
  • OECD DD Guidance Annex 2
  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Know Your Customer
  • LBMA Responsible Gold Guidance

Outsource the risk and responsibility and have the due diligence of your suppliers backed by the credibility of ARM. This can be done for mining organization of your selection or ARM can perform a scoping study to identify potential suppliers that meet the due diligence requirements.

Scoping Studies to identify potential ASMO gold suppliers

  • ARM can scope a set number of potential suppliers and perform due diligence based on your sourcing needs. This can include detailed due diligence of each organization, and a scoring system to filter and select suppliers.
  • The scoping study can be extended to include detailed analysis on the mining context in the surrounding region: legal conditions, technical categorization of mining operations, socio-economic characteristics, social and environmental problems, value chain of gold, institutions and stakeholder mapping.

Mining Organization Improvement plans

  • ARM can design improvement plans based on the results of the due diligence studies to improve the mines performance, helping them achieve minimum requirement or plans for continual improvement. 
  • ARM can design improvement plans based on the results of the due diligence studies to improve the mines performance, helping them achieve minimum requirement or plans for continual improvement. 
  • Improvement plans can be aligned with our step-wise approach to Standards, with Fairmined Certification as the highest level of Standards.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: ARM has proprietary monitoring and evaluation tools to track progress over time.   These can provide key impact metrics to show the positive impact achieved from the improvement plans.
  • Technical assistance for implementing improvement plans

Facilitate trading relationships

  • ARM, acting as a credible and recognized institution can help facilitate relationships, creating a more confident environment for ASMOs and buyers to do business. As ASMOs may have little experience negotiating with international gold buyers, this can be a frustrating and inefficient process.

Traceable supply chain

  • ARM has a robust information system (ECERT) designed for full documental traceability of supply chains, with an online user friendly interface. This can be used as a documental traceability auditing tool for the buyer or 3rd party auditing bodies. Allows you to have complete oversight of your gold supply chain.

Integration with Standards and Certification

  • ARM is a recognized Standard Setting organization. Our Due-Diligence checklists are aligned and can feed into our step-wise standards approach, with suppliers qualifying for the Entry Level Standard (to be piloted in Colombia 2017) and the Fairmined Standard.

Additional services:

  • Consulting on legal requirements for gold buying, trading and exporting from Colombia.

  • Establishing supply chains for exporting gold from Colombia.

  • Consulting on the design and implementation of responsible gold sourcing policy.

  • Training and workshops on responsible gold sourcing from the artisanal mining sector.

  • Marketing & communications strategy related to responsible gold sourcing plans.

We offer tailor-made consultancy services according to the needs of our clients

Our global network of experts has comprehensive experience in working with governments, the mining, gold and jewellery industries including a variety of related topics such as: formalization projects for mining organizations, standards development, regulatory frameworks, industry dialogues, public policy, publications, training and advisory.

Contact us for a consultation or more info:

Kenneth Porter – Head of Business Development

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