Ministry of Mines and Energy. Bogota D.C May 22nd, 2018. Thanks to the efforts of the National Government for the formalization of small-scale mining in Colombia, today several mining associations can carry out Proper Mining Activities and have also been certified under the Fairmined Responsible Mining Standard, which has allowed them to receive international recognition, such as from the Paris Mint, which has presented the first collectible coin made with Fairmined gold from Colombia and Peru as part of the one hundred year commemoration of World War I.
"This is a very important achievement that shows it is possible to carry out Proper Mining Activities in Colombia, mining operations recognized in international markets for being responsible and ethical. We are very proud of these cooperatives, which we have supported during their formalization process, because they have obtained the Fairmined certification and their gold is now used by important mints in Norway for creating the Nobel Peace Prize and the Paris Mint to make this collectible medal," the Vice-Minister of Mines, Carlos Cante, stated.
The main guest for this event was Alfredo Gonzalez, one of the Colombian miners who worked in order to extract the mineral in a responsible manner. Gonzalez represents the mining organizations of Colombia and Peru that have obtained the Fairmined certification and they supply the international market with ethical and clean gold, all of which is possible thanks to the work of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) together with the National Government.
"As responsible artisanal and small-scale miners, we are proud that Colombian gold is once again present at the Paris Mint and that it is being used in a collectible coin for such an important commemoration as the one hundred years of the First World War," said Alfredo Gonzalez, a miner from the Cooperativa Multiactiva Agrominera in the Municipality of Iquira.
Artisanal and small-scale miners certified under the Fairmined Standard comply with strict social, labor and environmental requirements. There are currently ten certified artisanal and small-scale mining organizations, with Colombia and Peru having the highest number of them (5 in Colombia 5 and 3 in Peru). In addition, there are other certified mining organizations in Bolivia and Mongolia that produce Fairmined Gold, which is bought and transformed by international jewelry shops, refineries, independent jewelers and mints from 22 nations. The fact of seeing this special gold being used in international products is very important and shows that the industry values responsible mining activities.