Mining

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Contacts

Karen Hayes

vice president, environment, energy & extractives
khayes@pactworld.org

Cristina Villegas

director, mines to markets
cvillegas@pactworld.org

Sustainable jewelry

April 26, 2021
Two articles in British Vogue discuss sustainable jewelry, in particular engagement rings.

EGC releases Responsible Sourcing Standard for artisanal cobalt from DRC

March 31, 2021
Today, following extensive collaboration between Technical Committee members, EGC, Trafigura and Pact, with support from external experts, EGC released its ‘EGC Responsible Sourcing Standard’ (“the...

Research article: Covid-19 in artisanal and small-scale mining communities: Preliminary results from a global rapid data collection exercise

March 26, 2021
As early as March 2020, anecdotal reports began trickling in about Covid-19 related restrictions and their impacts on strategic mineral supply chains, and the miners who labor in the informal mining...

Workshop on Combating Modern Slavery in DRC Mineral Supply Chains

March 18, 2021
This week, Pact, in partnership with the British Embassy in DRC and DRC's Ministry of Mines, held a national workshop on ‘Modern Slavery in DRC-UK Mineral Supply Chains: Effecting Change’.
Mineral processing with wet pan mills in Chami, Mauritania. (Credit: Pact)

Pact, Magma Group and Aurum Monaco partner to make the business case for responsible artisanal gold in Mauritania

January 25, 2021
Global INGO and artisanal mining specialist Pact, geotechnical services provider Magma Group, and high-end precious metal refiner and producer Aurum Monaco are pleased to announce a new partnership...
An artisanal miner at work in DRC. (Credit: Pact)

Pact, AOC and Philips Monitors partner to improve responsible sourcing of minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo

December 16, 2020
International nonprofit organization Pact, AOC International (Europe) B.V. and MMD-Monitors & Displays Nederland B.V. (Philips Monitors), leaders in the global monitor market, announce a new...
Woman sluicing gold-bearing ore on Gori Maria mine site in Mikei, Migori, Kenya. (Credit: Jorden de Haan/Pact)

Reversing ‘conflict minerals’: Let’s formalize artisanal mining for peaceful, just and inclusive societies

December 7, 2020
This is a cross-post of a Guest Article published on the IISD SDG Knowledge Hub. Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is a largely informal industry, known for its close relations with armed...
An artisanal miner in DRC.

Entreprise Générale du Cobalt enters into a trading agreement with Trafigura with the aim to transform the artisanal and small-scale cobalt mining sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

November 23, 2020
Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (“EGC”) has today announced the signing of a trading agreement with Trafigura Pte Ltd (“Trafigura”).
Karen Hayes selected 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2020

Pact’s Karen Hayes celebrated in 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining publication

November 19, 2020
Pact’s Karen Hayes, Vice President of Energy, Environment and Extractives, has recently been selected as one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining by Women in Mining U.K. The biennial global...
Sewing apprentices take part in a Pact program that is reducing child labor in mining in DRC by helping older children find alternative means of income. (Photo: Pact)

Combating modern slavery in artisanal cobalt mining is vital to achieving the Paris Agreement targets

October 19, 2020
Coinciding with Anti-Slavery Day on October 18, last week the UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) released its review of UK aid spending to tackle modern slavery in developing countries...

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