Code of Risk-mitigation for ASM engaging in Formal Trade
Following an increased interest of the public in higher standards and transparency in supply chains, the industry has been adopting mandatory and voluntary responsibility frameworks related to sourcing gold from ASM. However, there are no technical and widely-agreed criteria and guidance on how these regulations should be applied in an artisanal environment, taking into account the specific conditions and challenges in ASM gold mining.
Some responsible gold standards, such as Fairmined, go far beyond the requirements of these frameworks to certify gold from artisanal mining meeting elite environmental and social performance requirements. But the vast majority of artisanal miners in the world are unable to attain such certification without significant time, training, and investment.
Many industry leaders have expressed interest in contributing to the economic and social development of mining communities while opening new sources of gold for the market and enabling improved performance of the artisanal mining sector. However, a standardized and efficient mechanism, combined with capacity building, is necessary to viably manage the risks associated with purchasing from this sector.
The proposed solution: A CRAFT Code
With early financial support of the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM), Alliance for Responsible Mining and RESOLVE have initiated the development of the Code of Risk-mitigation for ASM engaging in Formal Trade (CRAFT). A technical standard for minimum market acceptability will establish shared expectations between artisanal gold producers and downstream users and a framework for assessing performance, creating efficiencies and enabling a greater scale of environmental and social improvements by the sector, and improving economic opportunities and working conditions for potentially millions of artisanal miners, their families, and their communities.
The CRAFT will assume the OECD Due Diligence Guidance Annex II risks mitigation as a starting point but will also consider other elements of key importance identified in consultation with stakeholders. The CRAFT will be developed through a solid, participatory, bottom-up and ISEAL compliant process, but with rapid implementation for early adopters through the Standard´s piloting as part of required consultation processes.
By July 2018, ARM and RESOLVE will produce a consulted draft of the CRAFT and will pilot the standard at two mining sites in Colombia.
General Information about the Code
The Standard Development
First Advisory Group meeting minutes (ENG); Second meeting minutes (ENG); Third meeting minutes (ENG); Fourth meeting minutes (ENG); Fifth meeting minutes (ENG); Sixth meeting minutes (ENG); seventh meeting minutes -july- (ENG)