The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) have announced their agreement on a memorandum of understanding (MOU), to work co-operatively on shared objectives.
The ARM and RJC will collaborate to develop projects to improve social, environmental and labour practices, and to ensure the implementation of environmental practices in artisanal and small-scale mining. They will also work together to increase market awareness and support for raw jewellery materials sourced from well-managed artisanal and small-scale mining operations.
“ARM believes that strengthening its relationship with the RJC is a key step in building [a] strong collaboration with the industry, to jointly embrace the developmental opportunities of ASM. We hope to see more and more ASM communities realise their potential of becoming profitable, socially and environmentally responsible enterprises, that participate in global markets and contribute to local development,” said Lina Villa, acting executive director of ARM. ( Image: Nigel Wright)