Industry Projects and Initiatives

CMC supports and works closely with other projects and initiatives that share the same mission: making the jewelry industry more sustainable.

Cleaner Gold Network, Amazon Aid

One of CMC’s major long-term clients and partners is the Amazon Aid, a non-profit whose mission is to educate global citizens about the importance of the Amazon rainforest and promote solutions to protect it.

Christina T Miller is a –°onsulting Director for Amazon Aid’s Cleaner Gold Network. CGN is an alliance of NGOs, artists, scientists, jewelers, educators, indigenous communities, and consumers, which together try to create solutions for protecting the Amazon from illicit and unregulated gold mining, as well as promote ways to produce cleaner gold.

Better Without Mercury

Christina Miller and her team support and help raise funds for the Better Without Mercury project. Led by miner and activist Rolberto Alvarez, the initiative is aimed at removing mercury contamination from artisanal, Fairmined certified Colombian gold mine, Gualconda .

In 2017, the mining association La Fortaleza stopped using mercury at the processing site. Now the goal is to clean up the remaining neuro-toxin from the water and restore the land. The estimated cost of the effort is $65,000 USD. At the time of writing, almost half of the sum has been collected, and the first phase of the project completed. You can still donate to the initiative via the Ethical Metalsmiths website, the organization co-founded by Christina Miller.

USAID’s Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) Project

USAID’s Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) Project is a five-year, $11.9 million program which was  launched in 2018 and is aimed at connecting gold buyers with a responsible, conflict-free, and traceable artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold supply chain from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Thus, some of the main goals of the project are: creating market and demand for Eastern DRC produced gold by building up buyer confidence in the ASM gold supply chain; increasing the supply of responsible gold available; and overseeing that the process is implemented in a responsible manner beneficial to everyone involved. USAID’s Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) Project was discussed in detail during one of our Living Room Sessions.

Fairmined Gold, ARM

During 2012-2014 the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) non-profit together with 130 stakeholders from 4 continents developed the Fairmined Standard for gold. The goal of the initiative is to support the sustainable development of artisanal and small-scale mining organizations (ASMOs).

ASMOs can get a Fairmined Certification which  assures that the gold produced by the organization meets all of the requirements of the Fairmined Standard. According to the Fairmined Standard, the gold of responsible origin is traceable, produced in good work conditions, extracted with mining practices that mitigate harm to the environment, and aimed at the development of artisanal and small-scale mining communities. One of our Living Room Sessions was dedicated to the Fairmined trip to mine sites in Peru.

Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition

Christina T. Miller facilitated a 8-month process between all the members of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition to address ongoing concerns from the parties about continuing violence and conflict in several producer countries.

The Coalition calls for urgent industry action: ‘Stop the ongoing flow of conflict diamonds’ a public statement issued in 2021. The KP Civil Society Coalition calls on the jewelry industry to endorse several commitments outlined in the call for action.

 

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