Who are the Artisanal Miners?

Within the artisanal mining sector there are a few different types of miners that are typically seen in different places. In certain countries one type of artisanal mining can be called seasonal mining and this is often where rural farmers mine certain parts of the year. They might mine in the dry season and farm in 

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UN Sustainable Development Goals – part 2 of 2

The World Economic Forum often discusses how the mining industry can support the Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Guiding Principles, however, indicate that a company cannot offset human rights harm by doing good elsewhere. Companies cannot “pick and choose” which human rights to respect. Human rights don’t work like a carbon offset program, where you 

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UN Sustainable Development Goals 1 of 2

The modern-day slavery act recently introduced calls business and governments to action in order to prevent forced labor through the global supply chain, including in sectors like mining. Extractive companies are being asked to know and show that they understand how their activities affect human rights, not just at the point of extraction, but also 

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Artisanal Mining Donors

  Donors in the artisanal mining space have been around in the mining sector for many decades. At first, they were focused on definitional issues, defining artisanal mining, small-scale mining and so on. Then it moved on to the technical side where you had a lot of engineers and geologists providing technical assistance. Then in 

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Artisanal Miners

The ASM sector produces about 80% of the world’s color gemstones, up to a quarter of all gold in the world, about a quarter of all cobalt and tin, and about 15% of all diamonds. In other words, they’re not insignificant producers, they’re the world’s hidden suppliers. In a previous article we detailed this market 

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Human Rights In The ASM Sector Part 2/2

The UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights are now embedded in the corporate policy frameworks of a number of extractive companies and industry organizations. ARM, Alliance for Responsible Mining (FairMined Certification) as well as other groups such as the International Council on Mining and Metals encourage a proactive approach to business and human rights 

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Human Rights in the ASM sector part 1/2

The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, along with other core instruments, outlines the human rights responsibilities of states towards individuals and collectivities. States have the obligation to respect and implement all of the provisions of the Declaration and related instruments. The responsibilities and obligations of states to protect, respect, and fulfill human rights have 

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Large-Scale Mining and Artisanal Small-Scale Mining

When we mention the word mining, most people think about large machineries, millions of dollars of investment, lots of hardhats, expatriates and so on. However, there is a very wide gamut within the mining sector. On one hand you have very large companies with heavy equipment, earth movers, 15-meter-tall gigantic dump trucks that have lookout 

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Barksanem™ Rolls Out A Digital Currency for The Betterment of Mining Micro-Collectivities

  Houston, Texas (July 10, 2018) Barksanem™ (BSM™) Sarl, artisanal and small-scale responsible mining company based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and its sister company Barksanem™ Inc. based in Houston Texas, announce the acquisition of licensing rights for a unique non-cryptic, non-speculative digital currency.  Through the digitization of its mineral supply chain, BSM™ is able to 

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