Alliance for Responsible Mining

Envigado, Colombia, South America
The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) was established in 2004 and is a leading global expert on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM). We work to transform the ASM sector into a socially and environmentally responsible activity, while improving the quality of life of artisanal miners, their families and communities.

Volunteering Activities

Web Work

What We Need

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When & Who

Nope, we don't require a minimum duration

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Contact Person

Calle 32B Sur # 44A - 61, Envigado, Colombia.

Additional Info about Us

More than 50 people

Currently, ARM´s dominant strategy is to support ASMOs in order for them to achieve compliance with our voluntary certification schemes and standards through strengthening the miners’ capacities and incentivizing them to adopt better mining practices. This strategy aims to facilitate access to legal and responsible markets. To this purpose, ARM implements a territorial, holistic and participative process to identify new mines with potential and willingness to participate in the programs and assesses their viability, while promoting a vision of the ASMO as a sustainable small enterprise, that provides quality employment in the communities. The process structure includes three different phases: identification and pre-feasibility, viability analysis and selection, and continuous improvement and Fairmined/CRAFT commercialization.

Our work approach is territorial, holistic and participative, with a focus on progressive improvement, gender, and diversity. Our institutional core strategies are:

*Assisting miners on the ground
*Developing standards and certification systems
*Promoting better governance of sustainable ASM
*Building responsible supply chains and markets

We implement these strategies by working with mining organizations, groups, and individual miners, governments and institutions, multilateral organizations, local, regional and national networks, industry and market allies.

Our first core strategy consists in assisting the miners on the ground to build their organizational, technical, environmental, commercial, and social capacity. To this purpose, ARM identifies mines with potential and willingness to participate in the programs and assesses their level of compliance with our standards and certification, that we ensure are aligned with the current tendencies in this sector. We do this by continuously systematizing and improving our standards and certification following the ISEAL Code of Good Practice on Standard-Setting. In addition, ARM assures that the Fairmined and CRAFT standards take into account the needs and expectations of the different stakeholders throughout an open and wide consultation process before drafting and publishing the new versions to the general public.

To promote an enabling external environment, we implement different projects to ensure the governance for sustainable ASM. We work towards better governance in mining communities, multi-stakeholder dialogue on mining, and streamlined institutional support that provides necessary services to ASMOs through local Management Committees. Finally, we help to connect ASMOs with formal markets that provide incentives in the form of better prices, good commercial conditions, and a Fairmined Premium to invest in continuous improvement.