Conflict-free gold standard

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.

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 Conflict-Free Gold 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 gold trade.

The conflict-free gold Standard was developed through an intensive consultation process involving governments, civil society and supply chain participants. Download the Standard in English below, or explore the Standard in other languages as well as supporting guidance materials for both implementing companies and the practitioners engaged to report on their compliance. 


Download the Conflict-Free Gold Standard (English)

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