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Standard setting is one of ARM's four strategic areas of work. We focus on standards which provide access to fair markets for Artisanal and Small-scale Miners all over the world. We develop standards following the ISEALCode of Good Practice for standard setting and have been approved as an ISEAL Affiliate. We are currently working towards applying for Associate Membership of ISEAL with the end goal of becoming fully compliant with ISEAL codes and a full member.
Over years ARM has worked on developing and improving the Fairmined Standard for Gold from Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM), including associated precious metals which promotes responsible, fair practices in ASM sector.
ARM owns the Fairmined Certification Mark a registered trademark which shows that a product has met ARM Standards. Read about the Fairmined Gold.
Between 2006 and 2008, we led a multi-stakeholder process in Latin America, to develop a collective vision and principles for responsible Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM). These provide the foundation upon which we went on to develop Standard Zero for fair trade gold and associated silver and platinum. In 2009 based on standard Zero, the Fairtrade y Fairmined standard was developed in partnership with FLO joining ARM and Fairtrade International standards under the same label until April 2013 when the standards and labels were decoupled, and we continued our work on the Fairmined standard independently.