List of our partners

Cooperation between the
Swiss Better Gold Association (SBGA),
Better Gold Initiative (BGI) and certification organisations

SBGA/BGI currently collaborates with three certification organisations, namely Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), Fair Trade (FT) and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). All three organisations establish and maintain widely recognized certification standards.

SBGA/BGI and its partners collaborate to ensure that their respective initiatives are mutually supportive and advance their shared objectives of supporting artisanal miners through formalization, improving social, environmental, labour and governance practices in ASM; raise industry awareness and understanding of certification and increase market access for gold responsibly produced by ASM communities.

Goals and Objectives:

SBGA/BGI and its certification organisations collaborate to promote responsible mining practices and certifications in ASM gold producing countries. This is done through specific project opportunities, including but not limited to financial, technical and other kinds of support.

SBGA/BGI and its certification organisations also collaborate to raise awareness about ASM and certification systems among the SBGA members and the Swiss industry

SBGA/BGI and the certification organisations recognize that for many reasons (lack of economies of scale, the need of quick cash flow to finance operations by ASMs and the progressive uptake of certified product in a market, etc.) at present not all gold from certified ASMs that would qualify as certified gold can be traded under Fairmined or Fair Trade schemes. The remaining quantities available at certified ASM qualify as excess capacity gold which the mine may offer to SBGA members for purchase. To this end, information will be shared to enable interested SBGA members and ASM miners to establish commercial relationships to absorb excess supply of gold coming from either certified mines or those in the process of becoming certified.

Certification Partners

Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)

ARM is an independent, global-scale, pioneering initiative established in 2004 to enhance equity and wellbeing in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities through improved social, environmental and labour practices, good governance and the implementation of ecosystem restoration practices. ARM is committed to social justice and environmental responsibility as the values driving the transformation of ASM.
ARM's mission is to set standards for responsible ASM and to support and enable producers to deliver "Fairmined" certified metals and minerals through economically just supply chains to the markets, in order to contribute towards the transformation of ASM into a socially and environmentally responsible activity, and to the improvement of the quality of life of marginalized artisanal miners, their families and communities.
ARM's vision is for ASM to become a formalised, organised and profitable activity that uses efficient technologies, and is socially and environmentally responsible, that increasingly develops within a framework of good governance, legality, participation and respect for diversity, it increases its contribution to the generation of decent work, local development, poverty reduction and social peace in our nations, driven by a growing consumer demand for sustainable minerals and ethical jewellery.

Fair Trade International (FTI)

FTI is a standard-setting and global consumer certification system that works with marginalised producers in developing countries to improve livelihoods and create sustainable development opportunities through trade. The Fairtrade Gold and Precious Metals programme extends these goals to the artisanal and small-scale mining sector.  This is achieved through working with artisanal and small-scale mining organisations to achieve compliance with the Fairtrade Gold and Precious Metals standard, independent third party verification, chain of custody audits, minimum price guarantees, Fairtrade premium payments and marketing of certified products in international Fairtrade markets.
ARM is the promoter of the Fair Trade label and supply chains that provide assurances to the gold buyer and entails a Fair Trade premium for impact and label costs.

Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

RJC is a not – for profit, standards setting and certification organisation. It has more than 500 Member companies that span the jewellery supply chain from mine to retail.
RJC Members commit to and are independently audited against the RJC Code of Practices – an international standard on responsible business practices for diamonds, gold and platinum group metals. The Code of Practices addresses human rights, labour rights, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure and many more important topics in the jewellery supply chain.
RJC also works with multi-stakeholder initiatives on responsible sourcing and supply chain due diligence. The RJC’s Chain-of-Custody Certification for precious metals supports these initiatives and can be used as a tool to deliver broader Member and stakeholder benefit.
Please explore the RJC website to discover more about our standards and certification programs, RJC Members, and Auditors, and how you might become involved with or benefit from our work.


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FairTrade Foundation

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Responsible Jewellery Council

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