Sustainable Mines Program:
be a partner for change
What is the Sustainable Mines Program?
The Sustainable Mines Program is a collaborative initiative developed by the Alliance for Responsible Mining for positively transforming artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and providing an ethical sourcing solution to the industry.
Together with our allies, we promote sustainability as a progressive path towards a responsible, productive and profitable supply chain.
An alliance to create ASM responsible gold supply chains:
program value proposition
1. A collaborative ecosystem to strengthen synergies among miners, the mining industry, implementers, governments, development cooperation and philanthropic foundations for the benefit of all.
2. Implementation of recognized sustainability standards for ASM developed by ARM and aligned with other industry initiatives: the Fairmined standard and the CRAFT Code.
3. A future vision for miners and a clear roadmap for the development of mining operations that follow the principles of sustainability while safeguard profits, the environment and people.
4. Due diligence compliance aligned with ESG criteria (Environmental, Social and Governance), the OECD requirements, as well as other industry standards.
5. Flexible industry engagement.
We offer the industry multiple lines of engagement with artisanal and small-scale mining, according to their needs, sustainability strategies and market differentiation.
6. Contribution to the 2030 Agenda for fulfilling UN Sustainable Development Goals, through environmental, social and organizational ASM metrics.
How can we achieve this?
And by means of:
Annual Sustainability Plans:
Actions to strengthen mining organizations organizational, technical, environmental, social and trading capacities.
and CRAFT Report for Due Diligence
Why become a partner for change through the Sustainable Mines Program?
How to engage?
Contribute to the positive transformation of miners that align with your sustainability objectives.
The Sustainable Mines Program provides companies in the gold industry with three engagement models at the different levels of the pyramid:
The mines that have joined the program and grown over time are proof that it is possible to embark on the path towards responsible and sustainable ASM.
Minas y Cuevas
Support to Minas y Cuevas, a mining organization pioneering formalization processes, to continue their mining community practices.
- Development of the organizational structure, internal work rules and work organization.
- Accounting and traceability.
- CRAFT report for due diligence to gain reliability and meet buyer needs.
- Replacement and implementation of new technologies.
- Reduction of mercury use by more than 90%.
- Construction of safe mine tunnels.
- Use of personal protective equipment.
Íquira: An example of responsible mining in Colombia.
- A Fairmined-certified mining organization that has held the certification for the longest time.
- In 2014 they managed to make their first gold export.
- Their gold has been used for crafting Chopard’s Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or and the Nobel Peace Prize.
- They have exported to some countries in Europe and North America.
- 100% of their Fairmined gold production is exported.
- A Fairmined-certified mine that is currently on its way to achieving the Fairmined Ecological Gold certification.
- They have integrated clean technologies and stopped using mercury in 2020.
- They fertilize soil with compost they make from their organic waste.
- They have already exported to major buyers in France and Switzerland, building trustful relationships.
Mobile processing plant for women mineral selectors in Cauca, Colombia.
- An opportunity for regulatory compliance and free-mercury processing.
- Approved environmental permit to use our mobile gold processing plant by gravimetric methods.
- 57 women selectors got benefited.