Our work

Our impact

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.

News

Participatory agenda for the mining sector

On December 5th and 6th of 2019, the Colombia Regional Workshop (Antioquia) was carried out, which reflected on the main challenges, barriers and lessons learned from the artisanal and small-scale mining sector (ASM). We discussed access to mining resources, mining formalization, the elimination of mercury, the commercialization of gold and the role of public institutions and civil society in promoting the sector. How can we make small-scale mining more responsible?

Golden Roots, a project for the governance and empowerment of women in the mining sector.

Artisanal mining in Chocó, Colombia is an ancestral way of life for the local population. Historically, this activity has been marginalized and often the miners have not had access to effective tools and resources to formalize and improve their working conditions, finding barriers that prevent them from complying with market requirements.

HAPPY 2020! We love challenges

The Alliance for Responsible Mining team would like to thank you for your support in 2019. We hope that in 2020 there will be more social justice for the improvement of the quality of life for mining communities living in vulnerable situations. Here you will find 3 proposals to contribute to the improvement of artisanal mining territories.

We participated in the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP3)

We attended the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP3) in order to bring several decisions and orientations that are fundamental to the objectives of the convention to the table.

Handmade jewelry launch created by CECOMIP members in Peru

The association Divinas en Brillo de Oro, made up of some members of La Central de Cooperativas Minero Metalúrgicas de Puno (CECOMIP), exhibited more than 50 silver jewels, including earrings, rings, and necklaces, designed and made by themselves.

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...

Blog

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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