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

 

  • Draft the third version of Fairmined standard, according to the information gathered in work sessions.
  • Connect Fairmined with strategic projects developed by ARM with allies.
  • Test run the new version of the standard with mining organizations to verify its adaptation to territory contexts.
  • Make public consultation in 2021.
  • Release final version of the standard.

 

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.

PARTICIPATE

We invite all market actors of the gold industry to participate in this survey and leave us your feedback on specific topics that are important for the Fairmined initiative to be successful in engaging companies in the market.

TOPICS OF THE SURVEY:

  1. The Fairmined premium
  2. The Fairmined sourcing models
  3. Costs of engaging with Fairmined
  4. Information needs for market actors

This survey will take you 10 minutes. Your answer will be very helpful to us.

If you can’t visualize the survey, click here to redirect to the platform. 

Crea tu propia encuesta de comentarios de usuarios

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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