Standards and certification
One of the four key strategies of ARM’s theory of change is to develop standards and certification systems for responsible artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM).
ARM, as center of the mission, develops standards that seek to transform the industry of artisanal and small-scale mining, in order to achieve responsible and fair economic, environmental, organizational and labor practices. We also facilitate the access of certified metals to fair supply chains.
We have developed the Fairmined Standard, which aims to create opportunities for artisanal and small-scale gold miners, facilitate progressive organization, improve working conditions, promote responsible environmental management and contribute to the well-being of mining families and communities. Through access to fair markets, the Fairmined Standard establishes a fair price and also awards a premium to the mining organization, to be used for its continuous improvement and to be shared with the local community. Furthermore, the requirements set out in the Fairmined certification and assurance system ensure the compliance of all stakeholders in the supply chain.
Moreover we have initiated – together with Resolve – the development of the Market Entry Standard. While many artisanal mining cooperatives are not currently capable of meeting the advanced performance requirements of the Fairmined Standard, an intermediary standard assessing essential due diligence practices and performance will establish an achievable benchmark for miner organizations and cooperatives to meet essential requirements of global industry, while identifying a pathway toward additional improvement and opportunity.