Recognised Responsible Mining Standards

The RJC Chain-of-Custody  Standard aims to support RJC Members wishing to source Materials that are the product of responsible mining.  The RJC Code of Practices sets such standards for responsible mining, however RJC aims to support harmonisation by working with other willing standards organisations that have similar initiatives.

The main vehicle for recognition is under the RJC Chain-of-Custody standard.  Provision 4.1c of the RJC Chain-of-Custody Standard provides scope for the RJC to formally recognise comparable mining standards.  The RJC undertakes a formal, technical review, in cooperation with the other standard setting organisations to the extent possible, to identify the comparability of the other standard with the RJC Code of Practices.

There are several standards organisations working in the area of responsible artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM).  While the RJC Code of Practices is open to application by ASM producers, more development-focused standards have been designed by these organisations to support the particular challenges of the ASM sector.

Recognition of the  Fairmined Standard

In September 2014, RJC formally recognised the Fairmined Standard v.2.0 as a ‘Recognised Responsible Mining Standard’ under the RJC Chain-of-Custody Standard.  The formal recognition of this ASM standard aims to further the work of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) with certified artisanal and small-scale producers, particularly in conflict areas. The benefits for these producers will include expanded access to chain-of-custody pathways through to RJC’s Membership in the jewellery supply chain.  This recognition allows RJC  CoC certified entities  to source gold sourced from a Fairmined certified mining organisation, being confident in the practices at the mine, and thus contribute to the further integration of ASM into the formal economy. This builds on the recommendations of the ‘OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains – Supplement on Gold’ that all gold supply chain participants support legitimate ASM producers.

Recognition of the Fairtrade Standard

In March 2017, RJC formally recognised the Fairtrade Standard for Gold and Associated Precious Metals for Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (version 08.11.2013 _v1.2) as a ‘Recognised Responsible Mining Standard’ under the RJC Chain-of-Custody Standard.

Fairtrade Standards are designed to support the sustainable development of small producer organisations and agricultural workers in the poorest countries in the world. The overall objective of the Fairtrade Standard for Gold is to create opportunities for artisanal, small-scale miners and their communities, by promoting the formalisation of the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector through establishing membership based artisanal and small-scale mining organisations (ASMO). The Fairtrade Standard for Gold covers the requirements that need to be complied with in order to participate in the Fairtrade system and meet principles of Responsible ASM.

RJC’s recognition of the Fairtrade Standard for Gold, enables  CoC certified entities to source gold sourced from a Fairtrade certified artisanal and small-scale mining organisations (ASMO), being confident in the practices at the mine, and thus contribute to the further integration of ASM into the formal economy.

 

For more information, please contact:  consultation@responsiblejewellery.com

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