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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.


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.


Emergency action needed for vulnerable artisanal & small-scale mining communities & supply chains

As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, affecting the health and lives of millions, the pandemic is wreaking further economic havoc on the lives of artisanal, small scale miners and their communities. 83% of the world’s mining workforce relies on these mines for their livelihood. That comes to roughly 40.5 million people. These people were vulnerable before COVID-19 and even more so now.

Evolution of our Board of Directors and Direction Office

ARM continues to broaden our horizons, and 2020 is a good opportunity to rethink and renew. As an organization founded in Colombia, on our road to “globalization” we have aimed at maintaining our identity of the south, rooted in the realities of the territories where we work.

GHANA GOLD EXPO 2020 – Promoting responsible gold without mercury

From March 8 to 11 of 2020, we had the opportunity to participate in the first edition of the Ghana Gold Expo in Takoradi, an event co-organized by the Government of the Western Ghana region with Aurum Monaco. This event was attended by representatives of institutions, small-scale miners, actors in the supply chain, civil society, among others.

The Craft 2.0 revision started! Get involved to be part of the change

On march 30, we launched the Craft 2.0 revision worldwide, which has a very important purpose: that we all become part of the improvement of the CRAFT Code, which is in its second revision. This improvement will contribute to the connection between miners and formal markets. Craft is for everyone, so it must be built by everyone!

Arm, Comunica and Pnud, organized an exchange experience with women miners

On March 3 and 4, the Empowerment of Mining Women event was held in the municipality of Suárez – village la Turbina-, which was jointly organized by The Alliance for Responsible Mining, UNDP and Comunica, which included the participation of the GEF GOLD project: integrated management for the elimination of mercury in artisanal and small-scale mining, from the United Nations Development Program, UNDP.

Press Releases

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...


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.

A world without financial services (2)

The most common reasons that banks deny services to the gold mining sector, are related to the difficulty of carrying out due diligence processes that allow them to perform an accurate risk assessment. Are these reasons really objective when the inability to do proper risk management by the compliance area rests with the evaluated actor?

A world without financial services (1)

The artisanal and small-scale mining sector seems invisible to the financial inclusion policies implemented in Colombia. Due to this, miners face many difficulties trying to connect with formal markets and are left without the financial services needed to channel the earnings. 

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