Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations. It transforms mining into an active force for good, ensuring social development and environmental protection, providing everyone with a source of gold to be proud of.
FAIRMINED GOLD AND FAIRMINED ECOLOGICAL GOLD
Fairmined Ecological Gold is produced under the same strict standard for responsible mining as Fairmined Gold in terms of social, organizational and economic criteria. But there is one difference. Where regular Fairmined Gold is produced with responsible management and reduction of toxic chemicals like mercury and cyanide, miners producing Fairmined Ecological Gold do not use any toxic chemicals at all in their extraction processes.
THE BIGGEST POSITIVE IMPACT: COMMUNITY MINING
OVER 150 MILLION PEOPLE, MINERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, DEPEND ON ARTISANAL AND SMALL-SCALE MINING TO MAKE A LIVING.
With the right support and incentives small community mining organizations offer the greatest opportunity for positive social and environmental impact.
The issues in mining for gold and other precious minerals have been widely reported and discussed:
- Fueling conflict
- Child labor
- Environmental destruction
- Irresponsible mercury use
- Health and safety of workers
- Gender inequality
- Economic exploitation
- Impact on communities
There is an increase in legislation and wider awareness in media and consumers. There aren’t easy answers to these complex issues, and change is unlikely to happen overnight.
However there is a growing voice for change from inside the industry and a desire to have a supply chain to be proud of.