The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) was established in 2004 and is a leading global expert on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). ARM work to transform the ASM sector into a socially and environmentally responsible activity, while improving the quality of life of artisanal miners, their families and communities.
The CRAFT overall intention is to “promote the sustainable social, environmental, and economic development of the ASM sector, by leveraging demonstrable conformance with due diligence requirements as an instrument for generating a positive development impact for ASM producers.” www.planetgold.org
Types of damage usually caused by small-scale artisanal mining
We are living currently in a situation where contributing to respect for human rights and the protection of the environment become more relevant every day. This is particularly true in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector. There are roughly 40 million artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM) who depend on this activity for their livelihoods. In many cases, miners and their communities are vulnerable and are exposed to certain risks that, if not mitigated adequately with support and guidance, will affect their living conditions and access to opportunities.
With the goal of providing support and guidance to ASM communities, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and RESOLVE developed the Code of Risk-mitigation for ASM engaging in Formal Trade – CRAFT v1.0 – in 2018, thanks to the participation of a coalition of supply chain actors and experts, and the support of the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM).