The World Gold Council published the Responsible Gold Mining Principles (RGMPs) in September 2019. It represented the product of two years of intensive engagement with gold mining companies and industry stakeholders to set out an over-arching framework that helps to define what constitutes “responsible” gold mining. Beneath ten ‘umbrella’ principles are 51 more granular ones which set out performance expectations.
Since then, the World Gold Council has, alongside our members, the world’s leading gold-mining companies, worked to raise awareness of the RGMPs. We have engaged with governments, NGOs and investors across five continents. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with stakeholders recognising the rationale for and comprehensiveness of the RGMPs. There has also been strong support for the requirement for public disclosure of conformance, along with a robust approach to assurance.