When asked why people should buy their Fairmined Gold, Mrs. Bolormaa and Mrs. Dolgorsuren, two out of the three women members of XAMODX, say the premium makes a great difference in covering the many needs in the community. They are proud to be Fairmined certified so they can support local development and be an example to other miners – not only in Mongolia but in Asia as a whole. Thanks to mining, they have managed to invest in a brick production shop and in their cattle herds diversifying their sources of income. Bolormaa has furthermore been able to cover her children’s tuition fees.
FAIRMINED TRANSFORMS MINING INTO AN ACTIVE FORCE FOR GOOD, PROVIDING EVERYONE WITH A SOURCE OF GOLD TO BE PROUD OF
WHAT IS FAIRMINED?
Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organisations. Thanks to the Fairmined Standard, when you buy gold and associated precious metals you are supporting responsibly managed community mines.
Fairmined is backed by a rigorous 3rd party certification and audit system that ensures that artisanal and small-scale mining organisations meet world leading standards for responsible practices, delivering organisational and social development and environmental protection.
The Fairmined Initiative was created by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), a non-profit organisation globally recognised as a leader and pioneer of responsible artisanal and small-scale mining.
WHAT IS FAIRMINED ECOLOGICAL GOLD?
Fairmined Ecological Gold is produced under the same strict standard for responsible mining as Fairmined Gold in terms of social, organisational and economic criteria. But there is one difference. Where regular Fairmined Gold is produced with responsible management and reduction of toxic chemicals like mercury and cyanide, miners producing Fairmined Ecological Gold do not use any toxic chemicals at all in their extraction processes.
"This is why we love Fairmined Ecological Gold: conflict-free, mercury-free and cyanide-free. A GOLD TO BE PROUD OF.... what can be better than this?"
To make sure your jewel is made with Fairmined Ecological Gold, it is stamped with an official hallmark at the Assay Office London, which assures you of the origin of the metal.
WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
Our current Fairmined Ecological Gold comes from Mongolia, from the NGO called Xamodx. Made up of around 2000 people, the community mainly depends on mining, though a minority still relies on livestock and other small businesses and workshops. Women miners participate actively in the leadership of XAMODX which was formally established as a mining organisation in 2009 with the main goal of protecting rights and improve livelihoods of legal miners.
If you want to be part of the story and spoil yourself a little, buy our beautifully made jewellery in Fairmined Ecological Gold. Click here to see our jewels.
Arabel Lebrusan. @Fairmined, Thanks to XAMODX. Mongolia