FAIRMINED STANDARD REVISION

LET´S WORK TOGETHER FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SMALL-SCALE MINING SECTOR

Since 2014, the Fairmined Standard seeks to provide unique development opportunities and to generate positive impact in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities, connecting them with fair markets.

WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE?

The objective of the Farimined Standard 3.0  is to continue to strengthen the organizational, economic, social, labor and environmental development of artisanal and small-scale mining organizations, and to promote responsible gold to be proud of.

Learn more about the Standard revision process here.

WHY?

Committed to the high performance criteria of the Fairmined Standard, the generation of impacts and in response to the needs of the sector, at the Alliance for Responsible Mining we are working to develop the third version of the standard.

If you have comments or questions about the development of the Fairmined Standard 3.0, let us know at standards@responsiblemines.org 

2020 Accomplishments: 

We have been working alongside miners, experts, and actors of gold industry throughout 2020 as part of the process to create the third version of the Fairmined Standard.

Get to know the main accomplishments of 2020 and the next steps for 2021 here:

Creation of the Experts Committee for the revision of the Fairmined standard.  

Work sessions with the Experts Committee and parties interested in the discussion of proposals for Fairmined Premium management and a new incorporated supply model (Fairmined gold can be mixed with other supply sources) for brands.

Public Consultation addressed to the gold industry in order to know the opinions on value and impact of Fairmined Premium proposal on mining organizations, and the value proposal for Fairmined market, showing the Sustainable Mines Program. 

Sub-committees with external experts to discuss the standard criteria on health and safety at work, environmental protection and mercury use, traceability and health conditions, and commercial criteria.

Research and construction of a user experience map to improve the Fairmined assurance system, including auditing modalities.

Work sessions with ARM team about Fairmined premium commercialization and management.

Advances in inquiries about pertinence of including a coexistence model between artisanal and small scale mining and large scale mining.

Internal analysis of Fairmined criteria as continuity of CRAFT Standard, thus creating a sustainability and progressive improvement frame.

Next steps

 

2021

 

1

Analysis of theme discussion results from 2020, to integrate them in the new criteria of Version 3.0 of the Standard.

2

Develop a draft of the third version of the Fairmined Standard that gathers all the new proposals, expectations, and sustainability frame in mining as a continuous improvement route.

3

Execution of the Ethnical Mining Forum, gender workshop, forest-smart mining feasibility criteria; safety criteria assessment.

4

Introduction of the updated structure of the Standard to the Fairmined Standard Committee.

2022

 

1

Validation of the Fairmined Standard 3.0 Proposal with the Fairmined Standard Committee

2

Planning and execution of a Fairmined Standard 3.0 public consultation round in 2021.

3

Perform pilot tests of the new Standard version with Small scale mining organizations.

4

Approval of changes by Fairmined Standard Committee after the consultation.

Timeline of activities

To offer a transparent, participative and productive consultation we will follow the activity timeline below, which we estimate will take about a year. As of May 2019, we reached step 3 of this timeline.

1 PRE-CONSULTATION

Workshops with the participation of different actors of the supply chain: miners, governmente, expert, gold market, ARM.

2. TERMS OF REFERENCE

Creation of the general guidelines for the standard revision.

3. CREATION OF THE STANDARD COMMITTEE

Participation of different actors and experts of the gold supply chain.

4. PRE-CONSULTATION COMMENTS REVISION

Definition of priorities of the new version with the feedback received.

 

5. DRAFT WRITING

Creation of the draft including priorities and changes.

6. PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Feedback about multiple topics of the standard from different actors of the supply chain.

7. REVISION OF CONSULTATION COMMENTS

Revision by the committee and improvement of the standard according to the comments.

8. COMMUNICATION OF RESULTS

Comunication of the first stage of the consultation.

9. PILOT TEST

Application of the new version with the participants of the Fairmined supply chain.

10. PUBLIC CONSULTATION: SECOND STAGE

If necessary, there will be a second stage of the consultation

11. REVISION OF COMMENTS: SECOND STAGE

By the standard committee

12. FINAL APPROVAL

By the committee and the board of directors of the Alliance for Responsible Mining. Afterwards, the Fairmined Standard 3.0 will be launched and published.

PRE-CONSULTATION

During the last 5 years, we have carried out activities to collect feedback to create the third version of the Standard:

  • Workshops with supply chain actors and experts
  • Audits
  • Improvement plans for certified mining organizations

These are some of the activities we have carried out with the actors in the supply chain:

EXPERT COMMITTEE

The Fairmined standard committee is composed of experts from the artisanal and small-scale mining sector of gold and other associated metals, as well as responsible supply chains.

The committee is in charge of reviewing and updating the standard, based on its experience and the opinions of different actors.

See more details of the responsibilities of the expert committee here.

Committee meetings

Consult and download the minutes of the committee meetings to create the Fairmined Standard 3.0

 

Documents to download

View and download all documents related to the Fairmined Standard 3.0 revision

 

PROCEDURES

Procedures for the creation and revision of ARM’s standards (ESPAÑOL / ENGLISH)
Procedures for complaints related to the development of the standards (ESPAÑOL / ENGLISH)

 

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