Revision of the Fairmined Standard

Revision of the Fairmined Standard

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In April 2014 the Fairmined Standard for Gold and Associated Precious Metals, created by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), was published. Since then, the Fairmined Standard has enabled to connect artisanal and small-scale responsible miners with numismatic and jewelry sectors that promote just markets. The Fairmined Standard seeks to provide unique development opportunities and to generate positive impact in mining communities in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and on the environment in general.

The Fairmined seal guarantees the purchase of a product that comes from responsible mining. It is an opportunity for both growth and development for the artisanal and small-scale mining sector.

This year, ARM will bring together the involvement and commitment of the interested parties to achieve a revision that will design a new version of the Fairmined Standard (Fairmined Standard, v3), responding to the changing needs of the sector. The aim is to continue using the third version of the Standard as a tool to guide miners, in a more friendly and intuitive way, in the management and strengthening of their business, with a focus on responsibility. The decision of reviewing the standard this year is in line with the ISEAL’s recommendations for the development of standards, which state that a standard must be reviewed at least every five years to ensure it is relevant and effective in achieving its aim.

To offer a transparent, participative and productive service 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.


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