Conflict-free gold mining
In recent years there has been concern about potential links between gold and unlawful armed conflict, such as civil wars and militia activity. Although the proportion of newly-mined gold that is tainted by the involvement in conflict is very low, responsible mining should put processes in place to make sure that neither they, nor the gold they produce, are contributing to the conflict. Ceasing operations entirely, however, could accentuate the crisis for communities in conflict areas by denying them legitimate livelihoods and economic opportunities.
Conflict-Free Gold Standard►
Developed by the World Gold Council and based upon internationally-recognised benchmarks, the Conflict-Free Gold Standard helps companies to provide assurance that their gold is not contributing to conflict. The Standard helps to “operationalise” the OECD’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains for Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
Representatives from international NGOs, refiners, industry groups and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) all describe the Standard as a major step forward in providing trust and transparency in the gold supply chain. Their commentary is captured within a short video, which highlights the progress made since its inception and how responsible mining can positively influence socio-economic development and consumer confidence in the global trade:
Download the Standard and supporting guidance materials for both implementing companies and the practitioners engaged to report on their compliance. They were developed through an intensive consultation process involving governments, civil society and supply chain participants.
- Conflict-Free Gold Standard
- Conflict-Free Gold Standard - Spanish
- Conflict-Free Gold Standard - French
- Conflict-Free Gold Standard - Portuguese
- Conflict-Free Gold Standard: An introduction
- Conflict-Free Gold Standard: An introduction - Portuguese
- Conflict-Free Gold Standard: An introduction - French
- Conflict-Free Gold Standard: An introduction - Spanish
- Guidance for assurance providers
- Guidance for implementing companies
The Conflict-Free Gold Standard was developed through an intensive consultation process involving governments, civil society and supply chain participants. Work on the development of the Standard started in early 2010.
Eight roundtables were held across Europe, Africa, North and South America and Australia, involving the participation of over 100 individuals and organisations including governments, leading NGOs, supply chain participants and experts. Notes from the formal consultative roundtable meetings to discuss working drafts of the Standard can be viewed here:
- Melbourne, 9th July 2012, hosted by ACCSR (Embed ACCSR....doc)
- Dar-Es-Salaam, 6th July 2012, hosted by ICGLR and GIZ (English and French) (Embed ICGLR... English.pdf and ICGLR... French.pdf)
- Brussels, 15th June 2012, hosted by ECDPM (Embed ECDPM....pdf)
- Lima, 17th May 2012, hosted by the IDEHPUCP (English and Spanish) (Embed IDEHPUCP... English.pdf and IDEHPUCP... Spanish.pdf)
- Johannesburg, 5th October 2011, hosted by the South African Institute for International Affairs (Embed SAIIA....pdf)
- London, 15th September 2011, hosted by Chatham House (Embed CH....pdf)
- New York, 7th September 2011, hosted by the Fund for Peace (Embed FfP....pdf)
In addition, the World Gold Council hosted a roundtable for assurance providers to discuss the Guidance for Assurance Providers:
- London, 15th June 2012 (Embed London Notes from Assurance Roundtable....pdf)
The World Gold Council is grateful to all those who have shared their views with us in writing, in meetings or at roundtables.