Since its inauguration, ARM’s mission has been the development of standards for responsible artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM).
Fairtrade and Fairmined Standard
Between 2006 and 2013, ARM and Fairtrade International worked together to develop the Fairtrade and Fairmined Standard to create market access for gold products that contribute to the social, environmental and economic development of artisanal and small-scale mining communities.
Previous versions of the Fairmined Standard
(V2.0 RC ARM / January 1st of 2014)
The Standard Zero was the world’s first certification scheme for responsible artisanal and small-scale gold mining. The Standard Zero underwent extensive public consultation and its first version was approved by ARM in 2007 and was tested in Latin America between 2008 and 2010. It included a set of principles of fair-trade mining practices for small producers, but are adapted to the situation of artisanal and small scale mining.