We encourage the industry to have a sourcing strategy that includes recycled and responsible metals from artisanal and small-scale mining.
- The greatest opportunity for the gold and jewellery industry to generate positive economic, social and environmental impact is to support artisanal and small-scale miners.
- Recycling and closed loop measures have significant environmental benefits, but given the millions of people who depend on artisanal and small-scale mining, companies that choose 100% recycled gold are disengaging from urgent needs.
All the organizations and companies that have signed this statement jointly urge the gold and jewellery industry to include artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in their sourcing policies and practices. Recently, international media has been buzzing with the news of a large jewelry brand that made a commitment to source 100% recycled gold on a long-term basis. Whilst this commitment is undoubtedly driven by good intentions, it inadvertently excludes artisanal and small-scale miners from their sourcing strategy. Via this statement, we urge companies to positively engage with ASM and offer a helping hand to this sector that needs to be seen, valued and progressively improved.
V&V Sustainability Consulting, Christina T Miller, FICT-ESPOL, Mercury Free Mining, Impact Facility, Solidaridad, Artisanal Gold Council, Responsible Jewellery Council, Instituto Redes de Desarrollo Social-RED SOCIAL, Levin Sources, Cumbre del Sajama, Pact, Fundación Atabaque, Resolve, GDIAM, LBMA, Pure Earth, IMPACT, Natural Resources Defense Council, ABR, Association of Women in Mining in Africa, Chambers Federation, Global Communities, Íquira mining organization (Huila, Colombia) , Sky Group Minerals SAS (Caldas, Colombia) , CECOMIP mining organization (Central De Cooperativas Minero Metalúrgicas De Puno) (Puno, Peru), Cruz Pata Chaquiminas mining organization (Puno, Peru) , Oro Puno mining organization (Puno, Peru) , Fortaleza mining organization (Nariño, Colombia) , MACDESA mining organization (Arequipa, Peru) , Tauro Fátima Artisanal Mining Association (Madre de Dios, Peru), Alliance for Responsible Mining.