CRAFT Code v 1.0 has been developed with a focus on improving artisanal and small-scale miners’ access to formal markets and supporting their progressive improvement on environmental and social practices.

After a collaborative development process that started one and a half years ago, we are releasing the Code of Risk-mitigation for ASM engaging in Formal Trade – CRAFT Code v 1.0, July 30, 2018, to the public.

CRAFT is a tool that facilitates the comprehension, application, and commitment to due diligence by all stakeholders in artisanal supply chains. CRAFT enables the identification and mitigation of risks existing in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector, and supports progressive improvement in environmental and social performance. CRAFT will allow for a greater involvement of buyers with mineral producers, encouraging downstream engagement with contributions to the development of mining communities. At the same time, miners implementing the code will have a vetted methodology to document due diligence for buyers, supporting better market access and encouraging improvements in mining conditions and practices.

CRAFT is an open-source code created under the Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 license. It utilizes the OECD Due Diligence Guidance Annex 2 risks as an essential starting point, and also assesses several other important environmental and social risks in ASM, such as mine safety and use of mercury, among other topics. The implementation of CRAFT will involve a shared responsibility between CRAFT implementers and ASM producers. CRAFT does not put the burden of third-party auditing on miners, but instead facilitates the application of due diligence. Independent audits by third parties are still the responsibility of mineral buyers.

The CRAFT Code was developed per the ISEAL standards and involved the participation of all stages of the supply chain: from artisanal and small-scale miners to companies that transform and use minerals, as well as responsible standards developers, industry associations, and subject experts. Representatives provided their experience and know-how to the two CRAFT Code governance organizations: CRAFT Advisory Group and CRAFT Comittee.

As part of this development process, a first round of public consultation was performed, which involved the participation of over 370 persons from different countries. By late 2019, a second round of consultations will be carried out to gather the results and recommendations stemming from the first few pilots, as well as the development of additional progressive improvement modules to assess medium and low risks at ASM sites, with the objective of supporting ASM miners’ progression toward greater sustainability.

CRAFT is available in English, Spanish and French.

Its development has been possible thanks to the joint efforts of RESOLVE and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), and was one of the main goals of the CAPAZ: Supply Chains for Peace project financed by the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM). In the next phase, also funded by EPRM, the CAPAZ team will scope and design a “CRAFT Impact Marketplace” with a sustainable business case and incentives for supply chain uptake of CRAFT, including financing and other support to miners. The next phase will also expand the CRAFT Code to additional modules and risk coverage.

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