Endorsed by the IGF’s 56 member countries, the IGF Guidance for Governments: Managing artisanal and small-scale mining primarily supports governments seeking to better-manage their ASM sectors. However, it has also been endorsed by virtually every key industry body — including the ICMM, LBMA, WGC, RJC, IRMA, TANB, CDI and RJC — and has key implications for companies in the sector:
- The guidance represents a significant new tool for companies and downstream businesses looking to strengthen both their engagement with ASM and ASM-related issues in the upstream and their coordination and collaboration with host governments. This helps companies improve their impact and overall ability to achieve responsible-sourcing objectives.
- With the endorsement of nearly all governments with a recognised ASM sector, the guidance is set to become a trusted blueprint for the management and regulation of ASM sectors. It can help provide a more predictable, reliable and responsible sourcing environment for mining companies and mineral traders, refiners and manufacturers.
The IGF Guidance for Governments: Managing artisanal and small-scale mining was produced by RCS Global with input from a range of industry, government and civil society stakeholders during multiple global and public consultations in 2015 and 2016.
To mark the publication of the Guidance, RCS Global and the IGF will be hosting two industry-focused webinars in the coming months.
The webinars will introduce the Guidance and de-brief participants on its implications for industry and on its potential timeline for implementation. There will also be a discussion on the practical steps that can be taken to use the initiative to strengthen ASM compliance.
- The first webinar will be on February 21, 2017 at 9:00 am CST/4:00 pm CET to accommodate people in the Americas, Europe and Africa. You may register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/59857bbbbe42b1ab8c34be5db4a05ad8
- The second webinar will be on March 21, 2017 at 8:00 am CET/4:00 pm JST to accommodate people in Europe, Africa and Asia. A registration link will be sent closer to the date.
Here is a selection of reactions from industry groups:
“Governments must take lead responsibility for managing ASM issues and are a key partner to our members exposed to ASM risks. The ASM Guidance fills a much-needed gap in providing governments with good practice approaches to managing ASM. We encourage its uptake and application in countries with ASM sectors.”
Tom Butler, President and CEO of ICMM
“The World Gold Council supports responsible ASM that demonstrates appropriate environmental, safety and labour practices and is not linked to conflict. We support access to international markets for gold from responsible ASM. We recognise the efforts of RCS Global, and their ASM Guidance, who are playing a key role in seeking to improve ASM conditions and practices and enable access to markets.”
Terry Heymann, Chief Financial Officer, World Gold Council
“We welcome the development of good practice guidance for Governments on responsible mining, such as the ASM Guidance for Governments. We look forward to drawing on the Guidance within our work on this issue and we will support its promulgation across multi-stakeholder forums”, says Tyler Gillard, Head of Sector Projects, Responsible Business Conduct Unit, OECD. “ASM is crucially important for rural livelihoods in many regions around the globe, providing jobs, skills, and development. We hence welcome the IGF’s effort to tie together various government-backed standards, including the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, in this new IGF Guidance. This avoids conflicting or confusing expectations and recognises the crucial role for due diligence and private sector buyers in government policy-making on ASM, to create an enabling environment for inclusive and responsible global supply chains.”
Tyler Gillard, Head of Sector Projects, Responsible Business Conduct Unit, OECD.
“Governments are key partners in managing and working with ASM. The more capacitated our government partners are and the more effective they are in leading on ASM management, the easier it will be for the industry to engage with and support a formalised and better-organised ASM sector. We therefore very much welcome the development of this guidance material focusing on governments and we look forward to its implementation.”
Ruth Crowell, CEO of the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA)
“This guidance has been sorely needed for a long time and it’s great to see it come to fruition.”
Anne-Marie Fleury, Director, Standards and Impacts, Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC)
“ASM plays an important role in the mining of tantalum raw materials. Efforts to increase governments’ understanding of ASM matters is welcome and the T.I.C. will continue to support such initiatives.”
Roland Chavasse, Director of the Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center
“The Cobalt Development Institute welcomes the IGF Guidance for Governments on managing artisanal and small-scale mining, as only a concerted effort by concerned parties, including governments which have a major part to play, will succeed in improving livelihoods in this important economic sector.”
The Cobalt Development Institute
“The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA), while focused primarily on creating value for recognition of responsible mining at industrial scale sites, is conscious of the critical issues and overlap with artisanal scale mining. We appreciate the opportunity to learn more through this new guidance, discuss the issues with groups that lead in this space, and consider how we might together contribute to common benefit of the stakeholders most affected.”
Aimee Boulanger, Coordinator, Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA)