Resources

The Responsible Artisanal Gold Solutions Forum has developed the following resources for informational purposes.

Responsible Artisanal Gold Solutions Forum Overview
March 2, 2018 

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Provides an overview of the Forum, including its objectives and participants.
The Forum has three main goals:
  • Assess and design (phase 1) and implement (phase 2) pilot supply chain(s) from Eastern DRC to a participating refiner, allowing downstream manufacturers, retailers, and other end users to include this artisanal gold as part of a range of responsible sources for their products
  • Support technical and policy coordination with partners who manage and implement sourcing projects, policies, guidance, and standards, to align Forum work with existing projects and systems and to mitigate risks that are likely to arise in sourcing efforts
  • Promote shared learning and broader engagement of industry, government, and civil society in support of scaling up responsible artisanal gold trade in the GLR
Journey of Gold
April 26, 2018 

Film Website

In the spring of 2018, the Forum produced “The Journey of Gold”, a Virtual Reality experience exploring Nyamurhale, an artisanal gold mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Viewers can experience how artisanal gold is produced, and meet the miners and cooperative leaders who are working to produce legal, safe, and conflict-free gold which is compliant with international standards and guidance. Trailer coming soon to the film website (April 2018), with film distribution in English and French planned for 2018.La bande-annonce sera bientôt disponible sur ce site (avril 2018), et la distribution du film en anglais et en français est prévue pour 2018.
Artisanal Gold Due Diligence Toolkit: Supply Chain Evaluation and Know-Your-Counterparty Templates
April 19, 2018 

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This toolkit was developed by the Responsible Artisanal Gold Solutions Forum to support implementation of due diligence for the artisanal gold sector. This toolkit was primarily designed as a template for refiners or other downstream buyers in their foundational and ongoing supply chain due diligence assessment for potential artisanal sources. It may also be useful for upstream buyers (to understand the due diligence process and international expectations); other downstream minerals users (to engage with suppliers on due diligence and opportunities for artisanal gold sources); assurance systems (to consider how practices and protocols can enable artisanal sourcing); and independent monitors or other local partners (to design frameworks or systems).The toolkit is based on international guidance and standards such as the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (OECD DDG) and the London Bullion Market Association Good Delivery Responsible Gold Guidance. It was informed by work in the Democratic Republic of Congo but designed for global applicability.
Year 2 Lessons Learned
April 19, 2018
Discussion Draft for 2018 Responsible Minerals Forum 

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Builds off of the insights captured in Year 1 of the Forum, focusing on lessons learned from year 2. Highlights include:

  • Building the business case for cooperatives
  • Cultivating responsible exporters and viable financial models
  • Due diligence in action: balancing the risk equation for downstream companies
  • Building momentum and bridging gaps to get to scale
Year 1 Lessons Learned
May 18, 2017 

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Captures insights from the Forum and its members’ first year, with a focus on two pilots in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Capacity Building for Responsible Minerals Trade (CBRMT), operated by Tetra Tech; Partnership Africa Canada’s (now IMPACT) Just Gold pilot project. Highlights include:

  • How to define and distinguish between “responsible gold” and “responsible sourcing”
  • The need to adapt industrial-gold-oriented know-your-counterparty questionnaires to the artisanal sector
  • The need for partners to seek to develop sustainable and commercially viable models
  • Establishing common definitions and clarity on finance components and needs
  • Demonstrating that mine-to-end-user supply chains are possible with collaboration and shared responsibility for due diligence
  • Building responsible artisanal gold supply chains requires not just a list of expectations but engagement and capacity building with miners, traders, exporters, communities, and government

 

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