Responsible Jewellery Council and Alliance for Responsible Mining working together to reduce the burden of audits

Courtesy of Responsible Jewellery Council © Donald Woodrow, Antwerp
Courtesy of Responsible Jewellery Council © Donald Woodrow, Antwerp
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) will harmonise their assurance systems where possible and pilot combined Fairmined and chain of custody audits to reduce audit burden.

Working in collaboration is essential if ISEAL members are to achieve the scale of impacts we all seek. The majority of people who work in mining, farming, forestry and other industries want to do so with lower environmental and social impacts. However, there are costs associated with reducing impacts, which make it harder to deliver the required changes. More and more we are seeing ISEAL members working in partnership to drive efficiencies.

 ARM and RJC have standards and certification systems which are designed to help businesses make their supply chains more transparent and responsible. In 2012 RJC launched its chain of custody certification to support businesses in providing independent assurance to customers and stakeholders that their gold is traceable from responsible sources. The ARM Fairmined Standard certifies gold and associated precious metals from responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organisations.

Both systems demand third party audits to validate compliance with their requirements. However, businesses can struggle to meet the associated burden which requires investment of time and money.

To ease the load on companies that wish to participate in the schemes, ARM and RJC decided to take forward this joint initiative.

Swiss-based precious metals refiner Metalor Technologies SA, RJC member since 2006 and Fairmined Supplier since 2014, took part in the pilot. Read the case study.

Read the full story on the ARM website.