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A world without financial services (1)

A world without financial services (1)

The artisanal and small-scale mining sector seems invisible to the financial inclusion policies implemented in Colombia. Due to this, miners face many difficulties trying to connect with formal markets and are left without the financial services needed to channel the earnings. 
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Jewelry workshops for female gold panner

Jewelry workshops for female gold panner

Our country is rich in minerals and has a great goldsmith tradition, which comes from beginnings of ancient Peru. It was precisely the pre-Inca cultures that defined Peru as one of the five metallurgical cradles of the world.
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Gold fever in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

Gold fever in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

With the promotion of this alternative method and the discontinuation of mercury, in addition to the environmental and health advantages for the population, other illegal practices, as well as the presence of mercury black market traders, are minimized.
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Third Jewelry Industry Summit in Tucson, AZ

Third Jewelry Industry Summit in Tucson, AZ

As a not for profit, charitable organization The Jewelry Industry Summit strives to bring the jewelry industry together to encourage and facilitate meaningful, solution-driven activities that continue to advance sustainability and responsible sourcing. The summits hosted by our organization are interactive opportunities to come together to develop strategies for more responsible jewelry sourcing.
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Gold panning in Colombia, an uncomfortable cultural heritage

Gold panning in Colombia, an uncomfortable cultural heritage

In June 2012 an application was filed to the Colombian Ministry of Culture for the traditional barequeo , a panning technique used to obtain gold with manual tools on the riverbed and shores of the Cauca river and its tributaries, to be included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the nation (ICH).
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How do we jointly define priorities to improve the conditions of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)?

How do we jointly define priorities to improve the conditions of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)?

In an event for dialogue and regional participation that we organized at the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) to get together with different stakeholders with whom we had been working with in Colombia (Cauca and Nariño regions), we built an agenda aimed at giving more visibility to artisanal and small-scale mining. This agenda was created based on the accomplishments, challenges and learnings that we identified throughout a year through the relationship with multiple stakeholders.
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“Sustainable Jewellery. Principles and Processes for Creating an Ethical Brand “

“Sustainable Jewellery. Principles and Processes for Creating an Ethical Brand “

The launch of “Sustainable Jewellery. Principles and Processes for Creating an Ethical Brand” shows us the revolution that is taking place within the jewellery sector today. An opening to the secrecy that characterizes it, if we compare it to more innovative and communicative industries like fashion, in which we find an endless number of publications addressing its harmful impact on the environment, and the question of developing sustainable practices.
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The final step to achieving a mercury free dream

The final step to achieving a mercury free dream

The general assistant of Gualconda mine and president of the Asociación Agro Minera de los Andes “Fortaleza”, Rolberto Alvarez, has been on a mission to eliminate mercury from the processes used by the 13 member association to extract gold. In December of 2017 the Colombian association accomplished this goal.
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Beyond the tip of certified sustainable production iceberg

Beyond the tip of certified sustainable production iceberg

In the last decade, we have seen a spectacular increase in sustainability initiatives and Voluntary Sustainability Standards. However, in many agricultural supply chains we still face a tremendous challenge to bring small producers up to the sustainability standards required by market stakeholders and consumers.
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Italian jewelry market: no fear to change

Italian jewelry market: no fear to change

Francesco Belloni, 48 years old, handled the jewelry founded by his father in 1955. Married, two lovely daughters, he works hard to achieve his goals, he works with passion and sense of responsability. The claim he chose for his ethical brands is "Dignity is the most precious asset".
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Le devoir de diligence pour l’or artisanal

Le devoir de diligence pour l’or artisanal

  Authors: Louis Maréchal et Luca Maiotti Depuis plusieurs années, la communauté internationale, les organisations de la société civile et de manière générale les consommateurs ont développé des attentes fortes visant à s’assurer que la production et le commerce...

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Le devoir de diligence pour l’or artisanal

Due diligence for artisanal gold

Authors: Louis Maréchal and Luca Maiotti For several years, the international community, civil society organizations and consumers have developed high expectations to ensure that the production and trade of raw materials, especially gold, are not linked to human...

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Water and mining: what does leadership involve?

Water and mining: what does leadership involve?

  Water has gained increased importance in communities’ and NGO’s agendas, becoming the most powerful convening issue for territorial based social movements resisting mining.  Water is the most sensitive issue for communities as negative impacts on water directly...

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ASM and Changing Donor Priorities

ASM and Changing Donor Priorities

Having spent more than 15 years in a large bilateral donor agency (until recently), I know a fair bit about how policy and programming priorities are decided. Don’t get me wrong; in the right circumstances the potential to make a practical and sustained difference can...

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