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ARM has participated in formalization and improvement initiatives in artisanal and small-scale mining in 15 countries in Latin America and Africa.

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More than 150 mining organizations have received our support. Currently, 8 of them count with the Fairmined Certification

1,530,000 USD of Fairmined Premium has been paid to certified mining organizations to invest in their development and community projects.

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CRAFT: A participative and agreed upon standard

The second consultation of CRAFT standard, a passport to formal markets, closed succesfully, with results that will be useful for the artisanal and small scale mining sector and its supply chains. Involving the participation of different companies and organizations, the Alliance for Responsible Mining could include valuable comments from the participative consultation in the CRAFT concerning aspects on human rights, and social and environmental issues, among others.

Colombia and Peru: food baskets thanks to you!

Through the fundraising campaign “Generosity connects us”, the Alliance for Responsible Mining collected 4.810 EUROS / 21.550.000 COP / 5.750 USD and used them for the distribution of food baskets...

Impacts study of COVID-19 in artisanal mining communities: The Alliance for Responsible Mining is mobilizing!

From May 11th to July 31st 2020, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) is participating in a global data collection on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in artisanal mining communities.

Artisanal and small-scale miners facing Covid-19

Recently, the OECD Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group of the implementation programme for the Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, of which the Alliance for Responsible Mining and Solidaridad are members, made a public call for action highlighting the relevance of the sector as a potential development agent, emphasizing on the vulnerability situations that it endures (aggravated due to the pandemic), and strongly suggesting to continue and extend the support toward its development and inclusion in formal markets.

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New interactive report highlights efforts of small-scale miners in Latin America to formalise

September 30th  An alliance of civil society organisations from Latin America and the UK has compiled the stories of a group of artisanal and small-scale miners from Brazil, Colombia and Peru to...

Open letter to the attention of the Executive Directorate of Metalor

July 4th 2019   The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) wants to express its concern about Metalor's recent decision to suspend commercial relations with producers of artisanal and...

Proposals on mercury after COP2

26th November 2018 This week, the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) took place in Geneva. The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)...

Monnaie de Paris launches the first coin made of Fairmined gold in France

Medellín / París. May 14th 2018 Photo (c) François Tancré - Samlerhuset On the occasion of the centenary of the First World War, Monnaie de Paris, France's longest standing institution and the...

Second Responsible Gold mine certified in Bolivia: the Mining Association of Yani R.L.

March 23, 2017 When the Bolivian mining cooperative Yani R.L. obtained Fairmined Certification in March 2017, each and every member of the Cooperative were rewarded for their commitment to high...

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How does small-scale mining contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation?

Lessons learned in territories, guidelines for avoiding failure to restore the environment and contributions to national climate change programs.

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Addressing Challenges in Global Supply Chains

The paper sheds light on the often inhumane working conditions within the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)sector, outlines the human rights related risks and therewith involved responsibilities of businesses, and addresses the challenges for companies resulting from ASM.

Mining by profession, criminal by social prejudice

Saving is our vehicle for investment. We can call it our financial instrument for purchasing equipment and machinery. It is the only financial instrument we have access to since in practice, it has been impossible to obtain credit from financial entities. It would be important to obtain it because we could leverage our growth and it would become a way to optimize our cash flow, but under the current conditions of stigmatization of mining and, more specifically, small-scale gold, it is impossible to obtain it.

Is recycled gold an ethical choice?

For more than a decade the jewellery industry has been promoting the use of recycled gold when referencing a responsible chains of custody (CoC) and a statement of provenance or traceability. So is this the best practice? If I use exclusively recycled gold for my jewels, am I responsible ? Let’s try to answer these questions.

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