Standard setting is one of ARM's 3 strategic areas of work. ARM focuses on fair trade standards which provide a market niche for small scale producers all over the world. ARM develops standards following the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for standard setting.
Due to the termination of the partnership between Alliance for Responsible Mining ARM and Fairtrade International FLO, the Board of Directors of ARM approved the recommendation of the FAIRMINED Standard Committee to include the following modifications in the FAIRMINED Standard:
- Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Organizations (ASMOs) certified under Section A of the Fairtrade and Fairmined Standard (preceding version 1.0) are now able to sell their gold as FAIRMINED (all conditions of Section B of the Standard apply).
- Use of FAIRMINED gold in un-labeled consumer products is allowed, provided that the claims reflect the precise circumstances of use, thus ensuring that consumers and other businesses receive truthful information. The claims have to be approved individually by ARM.
As an administrative maintenance measure, the wording of Version 1.1 of the Standard was adjusted to reflect the termination of the partnership by only referring to FAIRMINED and eliminating references to the dual label used in version 1.0.
The modified STANDARD v.1.1 is valid from 1st May 2013. This update is a transitional measure, while the new FAIRMINED Standard is in its final stage of the review process, scheduled to be finalized by September/October 2013 after a second round of public consultation which will take place in June 2013.
FAIRMINED STANDARD REVIEW
The Fairmined Standard is currently under review, to make the system more accessible to artisanal and small-scale miners organizations (ASMOS) and gold traders, and in line with their realities.
Please click here to read the proposals of changes to the Standard and to follow the consultation process.