Impacts of COVID-19 on ASM

Impacts of COVID-19 on ASM

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant detrimental impacts on the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector worldwide. It has caused supply chain disruptions that have impacted large – and small-scale mineral sectors alike, and has resulted in a drop in both production and income for huge numbers of artisanal miners, many of whom do not have the capital to be resilient against such shocks.

Against this backdrop, and knowing the importance of reliable data for understanding the challenges that faced artisanal miners, Levin Sources participated in a study looking at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). As part of the World Bank-funded Delve Impact Reporting Initiative, we conducted interviews from May – July 2020 with both artisanal miners and key sector stakeholders in the DRC, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe. With a focus on gold and construction minerals, data was collected from miners every two weeks over a ten-week period, in order to understand how the impacts of the pandemic were changing for miners over time. Approximately thirty to forty mine site respondents were interviewed by telephone in each country, using a remote survey designed by Delve. Data was collected on a number of key topics, including health and safety (related to COVID-19), gender issues, physical security, food security, government support and engagement and how miner’s production, markets and supply chains were impacted by the pandemic and related restrictions.

Our key findings have been documented in a series of blogs, showcasing our results in each country, as well as a special edition on the gendered impacts of COVID – how the pandemic has impacted women artisanal miners in particular.

View the blogs created by Levin Sources staff and our in country associates.

https://www.levinsources.com/knowledge-centre/insights/asm-covid-19-government-response

https://www.levinsources.com/knowledge-centre/insights/impacts-covid-19-asm-mozambique

https://www.levinsources.com/knowledge-centre/insights/covid-19-impacts-artisanal-gold-mining-zimbabwe

https://www.levinsources.com/knowledge-centre/insights/covid-19-communaut%C3%A9s-mineurs-artisanaux-rdc

https://www.levinsources.com/knowledge-centre/insights/impacts-covid-19-women-asm

https://www.levinsources.com/knowledge-centre/insights/covid-19-impacts-asm-uganda-policy-recommendations

Jane Barnett, December 2020

Ethical Making Resource

The Ethical Making Resource

The Ethical Making Resource  is the go-to website for pretty much everything you need to know about responsible and ethical practice, sustainability and sourcing in the world of jewellery and silversmithing. It is packed with information for anyone wanting to follow more ethical practices in their business – from sourcing materials and avoiding waste to greener workshop practice and more

The launch of the site was the culmination of a labour of love for the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, pioneers of ethical practice Ute Decker and Greg Valerio and fount of materials knowledge Dr Peter Oakley. As well as being a marvellous resource we like to think it also celebrates the spirit of collaboration and openness that makes this movement special.

For more about the Incorporation of Goldsmiths visit http://www.incorporationofgoldsmiths.org/

For the ethical making resource www.ethicalmaking.org

Gold Supply Chains in the Time of Pandemic

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1523290663194{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”732″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1590423695935{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The Jewelry Industry Summit and Initiatives in Art and Culture partnered to host a webinar as part of their Fast Forwarding Sustainability series.

Uniting industry experts, this webinar covered pressing concerns for gold supply chains, the impacts of the COVID crisis on artisanal mining communities and potential solutions for responsible gold supply chains. The content and ideas shared led to some new and important thinking about the transformed world we now must confront.

Delegates were
Joanne Lebert  Executive Director, IMPACT
Conny Havel, Head of Supply Chains and Markets, Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)
Aimee Boulanger, Executive Director, Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA)
Estelle Levin-Nally, Founder + Director, Levin Sources
Christina T. Miller, Founder + Lead Consultant, Christina T. Miller Sustainable Jewelry Consulting

For those who missed this informative and powerful session we recommend it and you can find it on their webinars page here – or use this link
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Fairmined Europe Meeting

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1523290663194{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”723″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1586903235645{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The Fairmined Meeting in Munich, February 2020, brought European jewellers and refiners together with Conny Havel and Natalia Uribe Martínez from the Alliance for Responsible Mining. It was an opportunity to hear Fairmined news and updates, celebrate 15 years of the Alliance for Responsible Mining, make new contacts and explore how ARM can better support and meet the needs of all the people and organisations it is involved with. This included the news that Fairmined gold plating is coming on-stream – you may have seen the announcement that D&M are offering this in the UK.

 

For the first time there was a Fairmined presence at the Inhorgenta jewellery fair, alongside the campaign for Mercury Free Mining and a programme of talks focusing on sustainability.

You can download a synopsis of the updates here and read more in the Fairmined blog about their Europe events here.

 

See also below links to some inspiring and informative films about the work of ARM

 

ARM celebrates it’s 15th Anniversary

ARM 15 years

Fairmined: a path to a better future   a great way to show your clients why Fairmined Gold is Gold to be Proud Of

and two movies that really show the difference Fairmined certification makes to communities.

Transforming mining communities

MACDESA: Creating a future for everyone[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1523290770768{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”660″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” onclick=”custom_link” css=”.vc_custom_1576437000703{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}” link=”https://www.fairluxury.co.uk/featured/gold-supply/”][vc_column_text el_class=”caption” css=”.vc_custom_1564614296186{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The news of Cred ceasing trading has been a surprise to many of us and we’d like to acknowledge the pioneering work of Cred and the incredible achievements and commitment of Greg Valerio, Alan Frampton and the Cred team in bringing about and sourcing Fairtrade Gold for the UK market. We know this has an impact on UK jewellers working with Fairtrade Gold and appreciate that the supply challenges facing Cred were partly due to mining organisations seeking greater order quantity and consistency.

The good news is that there is ongoing availability of Fairtrade Gold in Peru and Europe and European players in the supply chain have the mechanism for purchasing in sufficient quantities – just not a current distribution chain in place with UK suppliers. The Fairtrade Foundation is in ongoing discussions with a range of new traders to facilitate bringing increased volumes of Fairtrade Gold to UK manufacturers and we hope to host a session early in the New Year with Fairtrade once these arrangements are confirmed to share information and answer questions.

In the short term Fairtrade Gold is available from existing registered UK suppliers, click here for details. In addition, Fair Ever (formerly Traid Gold), a German trader with a UK distribution network already in place, has good volumes of semi-finished materials in Fairtrade Gold on their website available to buy. You can visit their site here.

We also have an update from ARM confirming that there is a good and consistent supply of Fairmined Gold in the UK, through Vipa Designs and Betts Metals. Click here to access details of global suppliers from the Fairmined website. The 8 Fairmined certified mining organisations in Peru, Colombia and Mongolia are producing stable quantities of around 35kg gold a month with 5 more coming on stream in the next year or so.

We know there are challenges in balancing certified gold supply and demand, particularly with the artisanal nature of both ends of the supply chain, but as you can see, the big picture is positive and we’ll continue working to build commitment from our industry, increase awareness and demand for responsibly sourced gold which in turn creates an even stronger environment for a sustainable certified gold supply.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Fashion Revolution

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1526566852539{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][rev_slider alias=”whomadeyourjewellery”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]This Fashion Revolution Week, April 22 to 28 2019, we want jewellery lovers to start asking their favourite jewellery brands ‘who made my jewellery?’ and ‘who mined my gold?’

 

We’re campaigning to bring more transparency to the jewellery industry and spotlight jewellers who are already making impact so it’s a great opportunity to highlight your own responsible practice and let others know what you are doing.

 

Everyone in the jewellery supply chain, from designer makers and brands to stone cutters, manufacturers and miners is invited to join in – here’s how:

Ask the people in your supply chain to take a selfie with the campaign’s ‘I made your jewellery’ banner. You can download it in pdf form here

Post your images on social media during Fashion Revolution Week and beyond, using the hashtags

#whomademyjewellery
#whomadeyourjewellery
#whominedyourgold
#imadeyourjewellery
#iminedyourgold
#iminedyourgemstone
#fashionrevolution

Tag us at @fairluxuk so we can share your posts and amplify the message. @fairtrade and @fairmined are getting behind our campaign too so tag them and @fash_rev too.

Ask your clients and friends to get involved and share the message too by asking “who made my jewellery?” (click here to download “who made my jewellery”)
Encourage them and your suppliers to post on social media too – and don’t forget to respond!

 

The Fashion Revolution movement has raised awareness of the challenges in fashion manufacturing and caused people to question brands on where and how clothing is made. We want people to think the same way about the story and people behind their jewellery and asking where their gold and gemstones came from. Find out more about Fashion Revolution and download campaign resources and artwork at fashionrevolution.org

 

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Making Impact Conference

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“Thank you for the wonderful Fair Luxury Making Impact Conference”

“I had a really great day and left feeling inspired by all the amazing speakers and buzzing with energy!”

Just two responses to Making Impact – our 2019 conference with the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh which took place at Edinburgh College of Art on 3rd April.

A broad audience, including jewellers and silversmiths, gemstone dealers and mining experts, students and academics amongst others, explored how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relate to jewellery and metalwork practice in the UK and in our industry globally. More and more businesses are using the SDGs to help them prioritise and communicate areas for social, environmental and economic impact and we looked at how they can become a set of tools to enable us to make a positive impact in our field and in our practice.

 

Speakers and subject included:

Keynote speaker – Emily Auckland from the UK Stake Holders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)
UKSSD is a cross-sector network of organisations who work together to drive action on the UN sustainable development goals in the UK. Emily introduced the SDGs and talked about how they can be used by individuals, organisations and globally to effect change.

Vivienne Low from Fashion Revolution Scotland reported on the ongoing Fashion Revolution campaign and highlighted ways in which we can question and change our outlook and lifestyle and join the campaign in order to improve the lives of others.

Simon Forrester introduced the National Association of Jewellers Better Business Pathway and talked about their other work and member resources.

Stuart Pool presented the GIA (Gemmological Institute of America) and PACT Tanzania Project, helping artisanal women miners in Tanzania build better livelihoods.

Dr Sandra Wilson – Urban Gold Rush: Recovering precious metals from electronic waste.

Hannah Bedford and Stefanie Cheong talked about Ethical Jewellery in Practice.

Jennifer Gray from Edinburgh College of Art and the Student Ambassadors brought updates on progress in the Scottish Art colleges following the signing of the Ethical Making Pledge and talked about new independent initiatives they are taking, plus exciting news about the proposed introduction of an ethics course which goes beyond the jewellery and silversmithing departments.
For more about the Ethical Making Programme click here 

You can see and download the full event programme here

Special thanks to the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Edinburgh College of Art for working with us to host and create this inspiring and energising event.

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Event Highlights to Download

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1526566852539{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][rev_slider alias=”rca2018″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Here you can access some of the presentations from our conferences and events
just click on the relevant link to download

Human Rights in the Supply Chain – Victoria Gronwald from Levin Sources, Fair Luxury at IJL 2018

People in the Supply Chain – Sarah Greenaway, Fair Luxury at IJL 2018

An Ethical Business – Harriet Kelsall, Flux 2016, Goldsmiths’ Centre[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The Hidden Cost of Jewelry

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1523290770768{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”231″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1523288751264{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text el_class=”caption” css=”.vc_custom_1523289601342{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”]A 15-year-old boy mixes mercury and ground gold ore at a processing site in Mbeya Region, Tanzania.

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The hard-hitting report pulls no punches about the harsh reality of life for many gold and gemstone miners or the fact that most jewellers have no idea where their materials come from or the conditions under which they were mined and sourced.

Human Rights Watch figures estimate that there are 40 million people working in artisanal small-scale mining for the gold and diamond industries and of those around one million are children.

 

We know that much of the gold we buy for jewellery is recycled but for newly mined gold, the vast majority of the workforce is working at artisanal level, many in subsistence conditions with few choices over their working environment. For most gold on the market there is absolutely no guarantee of abuse or exploitation-free provenance.

 

The report focused on existing standards in relation to avoiding human rights abuses in the industry and the responses of the 13 jewellery companies HRW approached about due diligence in their supply chains. The report may have had a mixed reception but there’s no denying that the ongoing challenge to all of us in the industry is to look at our own supply chains and be bold in asking our suppliers about theirs.

 

You can read the full report at

https://www.hrw.org/report/2018/02/08/hidden-cost-jewelry/human-rights-supply-chains-and-responsibility-jewelry

 

and for more follow-up, with some very helpful information and comment, read the following on the Levin Sources Blog:

http://www.levinsources.com/blog/better-business-in-the-jewellery-sector-supply-chain-transparency

http://www.levinsources.com/blog/better-business-in-the-jewellery-sector-traceability

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