Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
Artisanal and small-scale mining producers are a critical part of the jewellery supply chain for gold and diamonds – both in terms of livelihoods and development opportunities, as well as the need to manage key risks. RJC is partnering with two leading organisations – the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) – on standards harmonisation, collaboration, fund-raising and awareness-raising about the ASM sector.
“ARM believes that strengthening its relationship with the RJC is a key step in building strong collaboration with the industry to jointly embrace the developmental opportunities of ASM. We hope to see more and more ASM communities realize their potential of becoming profitable, socially and environmentally responsible enterprises that participate in global markets and contribute to local development.” Lina Villa, Executive Director, Alliance for Responsible Mining.
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Diamond Development Initiative International
“Worldwide, some 1.5 million individuals are artisanal diamond miners. They and their families will benefit from the improved working conditions and standards that are DDI’s objectives, objectives that will be enhanced by our collaboration with the Responsible Jewellery Council.” Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director, Diamond Development Initiative International.
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At the RJC’s 2012 Annual General Meeting the RJC acknowledged Dr Matt Runci, who will retire from the role of founding RJC Chairman in December 2012. In recognition of Dr Runci’s outstanding leadership in the formation, development and current success of the RJC, as well as his overall service to the jewellery industry, RJC has invited its Members to donate funds to the Diamond Development Initiative International (DDI International). Dr Runci serves as Secretary and as a Member of the Board of Directors of DDI.
Click here for a copy of the donation form.
Solidaridad and Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) – Forced Labour in ASM Toolkit
This toolkit is designed to help miners, civil society organisations and government agencies and experts in labour and human rights identify and deal with forced labour in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM). It follows 18 months of research and field-testing by Solidaridad and ARM. Humanity United, a U.S.-based foundation dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom, provided financial support. The toolkit will be made available for anyone to download, free of charge, from the websites of Solidaridad and ARM.
Solidaridad and ARM devised the toolkit to fill an information gap within the industry. It includes practical tools such as criteria for good practice in ASM mining, guides and checklists for potential human rights abuses. Managers of companies buying gold will also be able to use it to check the source of their imported wares and understand the risks of human rights abuses.