The Governance of ARM standards is represented by the Board of Directors and the committee assigned to each standard. The ARM Board is the supreme authority with responsibility and power to approve and publicize ARM standards.
Standards committees are created for the development and maintenance of ARM standards, both new and existing.
Conceptual framework for governance of the standards:
- Procedures for setting standards
- Standards complaint procedure
- Standards for Committee-generic Terms of Reference (Español | English)
The standard-setting framework
As part of the development of a new Standard and following the conditions to revise our procedures we have updated the following documents. They have been approved by the Standard Committee in its first meeting on September 11th, 2017:
1. STANDARD-SETTING PROCEDURES V3.0 (Español|English)
2. STANDARDS COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE V2 (Español|English)
3. STANDARD COMMITTEES – GENERIC TERMS OF REFERENCE V2 (Español|English)
Standards committees are the main body for developing and modifying standards. For each new product or mineral, ARM has a standards committee with relevant knowledge on all aspects: production, processing, marketing, manufacturing and markets.
The members of the standards committee are appointed by the Executive Director on behalf of the Board, based on their judgement and the individual’s experience with the assigned ARM Standard (the mineral in question) and their commitment to responsible ASM.
Fairmined Standard Committee
The Fairmined Standard Committee for gold and associated precious metals plays a decisive role in the maintenance, public consultation and review of consultation feedback, together with decision-making on the current Fairmined Standard.
Details of the purpose, composition and decision-making process for the review and management of the Fairmined Standard v2.0 can be found in the Specific Terms of Reference of the Fairmined Standard Committee.
Members of the Fairmined Standard Committee
To ensure a fair decision-making process, the Fairmined Standard Committee has a balanced representation, with a wide variety of stakeholders from different geographical areas. It represents the producers, buyers and experts involved in the Fairmined Standard equally.