Feedback invited on Fairminded Standard for Gold and Precious Metals

Input is being actively solicited for the second round of consultation on the review of the FAIRMINED Standard for Gold from Artisanal and Small-scale Mining, including associated precious metals. The consultation closes 15 September.

ISEAL subscriber Alliance for Responsible Mining has developed the FAIRMINED Standard for Gold and Associated Precious Metals to support sustainable development of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) communities. The standard includes four types of requirements to perform responsible mining: social development, economic development, environmental protection and labor conditions.

Visit the ARM website for all consultation documents and information

Standard Review

The FAIRMINED standard is currently under review. You are kindly invited to participate in the second round of consultation on the review of Version 2.0 of the FAIRMINED Standard for Gold from Artisanal and Small-scale Mining, including associated precious metals.

This draft version of FAIRMINED Standard v2.0 was prepared by the Alliance for Responsible Mining ARM, based on stakeholders feedback from the 1st consultation round of the former "Fairtrade and Fairmined Standard", which took place between August and October 2012. Please note that in April 2013 Alliance for Responsible Mining ARM and Fairtrade International FLO decided not to renew their formal partnership, in favor of a more flexible model of co-operation for the future. Consequently, ARM continues the review process independently with this consultation of its FAIRMINED Standard.

You will need the following documents to participate in the consultation:

01: Introduction and summary

02: Full proposal of FAIRMINED Standard v2.0

03: Market Annex toFAIRMINED Standard

04: Glossary of terms, Annex 2 to FAIRMINED Standard

In order to send us your feedback, please complete the consultation response form at the end of the introductory document 01 and/or leave your comments next to relevant sections in the full standard amendment proposal (documents 02, 03 and 04). You can return the completed questionnaires by 15th September 2013 to  standards@communitymining.org

An important area that the consultation focuses on is the FAIRMINED Premium and consultations with certified miners and with miners working towards certification clearly indicate that the premium is a very important incentive. Thus your commentary on this issue is encouraged and invited.

For more information about how to join the consultation, visit the ARM website