What​ ​​is Fairmined?

Fairmined​​ ​is​ ​an​ ​assurance​ ​label​ ​that​ ​provides​ ​certification ​to​ ​artisanal​ ​small​ ​scale​ ​gold​ ​mining organisations​ ​that​ ​have reached the standard requirements for responsible mining practices. Fairmined works with and supports mining organisations through this process.

Fairmined​ ​certified​ ​mining​ ​organisations are​ ​paid​ ​fair​ ​wages​ ​plus​ ​a​ ​premium​ ​to​ ​invest​ ​in​ ​the​ ​mining​ ​community.

The​ ​Fairmined​ ​certification​ ​assures​ ​that​ ​the​ ​gold​ ​and​ ​associated​ ​precious​ ​metals​ ​produced​ ​from the​ ​certified​ ​mine​ ​have​ ​been​ ​mined​ ​through​ environmentally​ ​responsible,​ ​socially​ ​just​ ​and​ ​safe practices.​ ​Learn​​ ​more about​ ​the​ ​Fairmined​ ​certification​ ​process​​ for miners ​in the FAQ section of the Fairmined site.

The​ ​Fairmined​ ​Initiative​ ​was​ ​created​ ​by​ ​the​ ​​Alliance​ ​for​ ​Responsible​ ​Mining​​ ​(ARM),​ ​a​ ​non-profit organisation​ ​globally​ ​recognised​ ​as​ ​a​ ​pioneer​ ​of​ ​responsible​ ​artisanal​ ​and​ ​small-scale​ ​mining, which​ ​ensures​ ​that​ ​Fairmined​ ​certified​ ​mines​ ​continually​ ​meet​ ​the​ ​Fairmined​ ​standards.​ ARM also​ ​distributes​ ​licenses​ ​to​ ​and​ ​audits​ ​authorised​ ​Fairmined​ ​suppliers​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​the transparency​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Fairmined​ ​Gold​ ​supply​ ​chain.

Why​ ​ARM​ ​works​ ​with​ ​Artisanal​ ​Small-Scale​ ​Mines

Approximately​ ​10+​ ​million​ ​miners​ ​and​ ​their​ ​families​ ​depend​ ​on​ ​artisanal​ ​small-scale​mining worldwide,​ ​though​ ​it​ ​is​ ​largely​ ​a​ ​poverty​ ​driven​ ​activity.​ ​

Artisanal​ ​miners​ ​can​ ​face​ ​some​ ​very difficult​ ​and​ ​dangerous​ ​working​ ​conditions​ ​and​ ​in​ ​worst​ ​cases​, child​ ​labour, environmental​ ​destruction,​ ​unsafe​ ​use​ ​of​ ​mercury​ ​and​ ​chemicals,​ ​accidents​ ​and​ ​fatalities, economic​ ​exploitation​, ​and​ ​the fuelling​ ​of conflict can be found.

Artisanal​ ​miners​ ​generally​ ​lack​ ​access​ ​to​ ​resources such​ ​as​ ​training,​ ​clean​ ​and​ ​efficient​ ​technology​, ​and​ ​working​ ​capital​, ​with​ ​little​ ​or​ ​no​ ​state​ ​support, often​ being ​located​ ​in​ ​remote​ ​areas​ ​where​ ​they​ ​are​ ​marginalised.​​

For​ ​these​ ​reasons,​ Fairmined believes ​the​ ​biggest positive​ ​impact​ ​to​ ​be​ ​made​ ​in​ ​the​ ​gold​ ​industry​ will be achieved by working​ ​with​ ​artisanal​ ​miners​.​ ​Fairmined​ ​allows jewellers​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​this​ ​positive​ ​solution​ ​while​ ​also​ ​adding​ ​value​ ​to​ ​their​ ​business,​ ​brand, and​ ​jewellery.

Options​ ​Available​

​Fairmined​ ​Licensees​ ​have​ ​the​ ​option​ ​of​ ​sourcing​ ​Fairmined​ ​certified​ ​gold​ ​or​ ​silver under​ ​the​ three sourcing models;

  • ​Fairmined​ ​Labelled, which offers the option to use the Fairmined mark on finished products,
  • ​Fairmined​ ​Incorporated​, ​or​ ​
  • Fairmined​ ​Certificates​.

Each​ ​model has​ ​different​ ​conditions​ ​for​ ​the​ ​traceability​ ​of​​ ​purchased​ ​Fairmined​ ​metal​ ​and use​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Fairmined​ ​label.​ ​

Licensees ​can​ ​purchase​ ​Fairmined​ ​metals​ ​from​ ​authorised suppliers​ to​ ​make​ ​and​ ​sell​ ​products.​ Additionally,​ ​as​ ​a​ ​licensee​ ​you​ ​have access to​ ​the Fairmined​ ​term for​ ​promotional​ ​use​ ​which provides​ ​assurance​ ​for ​your​ ​customers and​ ​add​s ​value​ to your products.

You​ ​can​ ​also​ ​work​ ​with​ ​Fairmined​ ​through​ ​a​ ​strategic​ ​partnership​ ​with​ ​ARM.​ ​This​ ​involves identifying​ ​how​ ​both​ ​parties​ ​can​ ​benefit​ ​from​ ​the​ ​skills,​ ​experience​, ​and​ ​expertise​ ​of​ ​the​ ​other and​ ​working​ ​together​ ​in​ ​a​ ​mutually​ ​beneficial​ ​relationship​ ​that​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ ​an​ ​alignment​ ​of values​ ​and​ ​goals.

Visit the Fairmined website to learn more about the above models and for lists of certified mining organisations, Fairmined metal suppliers, and brand licensees.


The​ ​annual fee for Fairmined​ ​licensee​s ​is​ ​$60​ ​USD. The​ ​cost​ ​of​ ​Fairmined​ ​Certified​ ​gold​ ​or​ ​silver​ ​purchased​ ​from​ ​Authorised​ ​Suppliers​ ​has​ ​the Fairmined​ ​Premium​ ​and​ ​Development​ ​fee included​.

The​ ​Fairmined​ ​Premium​ ​paid​ ​to​ ​the​ ​mining​ ​organisation ​which​ ​helps​ ​to support​ ​their​ ​development goals​ ​is​ ​4​ ​USD/g​ ​gold,​ ​0.1​ ​USD/g​ ​silver,​ or ​6​ ​USD/g​ ​eco​ ​gold.​ ​For​ ​examples​ ​of​ ​how​ ​the Fairmined​ ​Premium​ ​is​ ​changing ​the​ ​lives​ ​of​​ ​miners​ ​and​​ ​communities, take a look at the Fairmined​ ​Premium​ ​Impact​ ​Report and the Fairmined​ ​Premium​ ​Use​ ​in​ ​2016.

The​ ​Development​ ​Fee​ ​paid​ ​to​ ​ARM​ helps to ensure the sustainability​ ​of​ ​the​ ​certification​ ​system​ and ​is​ ​0.70​ ​USD/g gold​ (​for​ ​Fairmined ​Labelled).​ For further information on the development fee you can reference this explanatory​ ​document.

The​ ​Premium​ ​and​ ​Development​ ​fees​ ​are​ ​usually​ ​integrated​ ​into​ ​the​ ​price​ ​of​ ​the​ ​metal,​ however, authorised​ ​suppliers​ ​may choose to ​ ​itemise ​them​ ​on​ ​your​ ​invoice. Interested applicants should consult the Guidelines for Fairmined Licensees.

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