November 2011
 
The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) today announced they had agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work cooperatively on advancing their shared objectives.
 
These objectives include:  improving social, environmental and labour practices in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), facilitating constructive dialogue and where appropriate, collaboration between large-scale mining operations and ASM to create sustainable and fair local opportunities for communities in mineral rich regions, and increasing market access for jewellery raw materials produced by ASM communities.
 
The MOU will formalize ARM and RJC’s collaboration on:
 
 Standards Cross-recognition: ARM and RJC will collaborate to ensure the standards and modalities of their respective certification systems are mutually supportive. To that end, RJC will provide input through membership of ARM’s Technical Committee and ARM will provide input through membership of RJC’s Consultative Panel, and subsequently through the RJC Standards Committee from 2012.
 Supporting ASM: ARM and RJC will collaborate to develop projects to improve social, environmental and labour practices, good governance and the implementation of environmental practices in artisanal and small-scale mining. To this end ARM and RJC will work together to recruit private, governmental and intergovernmental sponsors.
 Industry Outreach: ARM and RJC will collaborate to increase market awareness and support for jewellery raw materials sourced from well-managed artisanal and small-scale mining operations.
 
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