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Alliance for Responsible Mining

ARM - 100% certified fair Gold


The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) is an independent, non-profit organization, established in 2004 to enhance equity and wellbeing in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities on a global scale. In order to transform artisanal and small-scale mining and to improve the quality of life of miners, ARM has developed the Fairmined Standard and Certification System. The rigorous third party system ensures that ASM miners formalize while meeting world-leading requirements for responsible practices.

Initial situation of ARM

Due to the increasing demand for Fairmined certified gold and the rigorous inspection and certification processes of the Fairmined system, ARM has decided to implement a professional IT solution for traceability and certification management. ARM was looking to create a simple and efficient system that could add value and be used by all the participants of the Fairmined system: artisanal and small-scale mining organizations, Fairmined Operators and Licensees, as well as the certification bodies assuring the compliance. At the same time, in order to ensure continuous improvement of the system, but also to have an oversight of the reporting and auditing processes, ARM needed to have access to the information in the database. Last but not least, new innovative business models introduced with the Fairmined Standard v2.0 required a traceability system for the flow of goods, which would take into account the specific needs of precious metals supply chain and Fairmined Standard’s requirements.

Solution: Implementation of a certificate database incl. transactions

In order to adapt Ecert to all requirements and needs of ARM, a number of different modules are implemented. Audit and certification result data can be recorded electronically by the inspection bodies and will be available for ARM and the inspected organizations. Thanks to this feature, data input errors are almost entirely eliminated and the efficiency of the inspection and certification process, as well as all internal processes, are enhanced. Furthermore, a transaction system for the flow of goods was implemented, giving the Fairmined customers a tool to keep track of their Fairmined transactions, while allowing ARM and the audit bodies to control the integrity of the chain of custody in Fairmined supply chain. Through Ecert ARM gains a certification management platform that will allow a rapid and cost-effective growth of the Fairmined system, at the same time ensuring its robustness.

"We have chosen Intact because of their proven track record in developing solutions for audit and certification management. We are excited about beginning the implementation of this information system that will further back-up the credibility of the Fairmined Certification System."
Marcin Piersiak, Standards Coordinator, Alliance for Responsible Mining

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