Responsible mining refers to advocacy to reform "mining activity, as well as to a "marketing strategy used by "mining companies to promote their operations as environmentally or socially sound. Goals may vary by group.
Responsible mining first appeared in an article entitled "Re-inhabitory Mining" and next in another article titled "Ecological Mining". The term "Responsible Mining" is also claimed as having been formulated by Ranil Senanayake of the "International Analog Forestry Network and Brian Hill of the Institute for Cultural Ecology.["citation needed]
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The Alliance for Responsible Mining is an independent, mission-driven initiative that supports "artisanal and small-scale (ASM) miners globally. Established in 2004, the organization’s mission is to enhance social and economic wellbeing, strengthen environmental protection and establish fair governance in ASM communities by formalizing the ASM sector. To achieve its mission, ARM has created an exceptional set of social and environmental standards known as the Fairmined certification. ARM offers extensive and continuous support and training to ASM communities to help them reach the standards, achieve the Fairmined certification and invest in community development. Furthermore, ARM serves as an intermediary for ASM communities, which gives them the opportunity to respond to international markets demanding ethical metals and jewelry. Since 2004, ARM has facilitated the positive transformation of multiple ASM communities in Latin America and is currently expanding its efforts to Africa and Asia.
Tha Artisanal Gold Council Through global partnerships and innovative programs the Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) carries out its mission to improve the opportunities, environment and health of the millions of individuals involved in artisanal and small scale gold mining.
BioVerde, S.A. provides consultancies to protect and advance the rights and traditions of small and medium size mining communities, to provide responsible mining plans of operation, appropriate technology, and to help market limited quantities of precious metals and gems. Two of BioVerde directors were founders of ARM.["citation needed]
The Framework for Responsible Mining is a project of the Center for Science in Public Participation. They define their mission as "a joint effort" that "outlines environmental, human rights, and social issues associated with mining and mined products."
The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance is a multi-stakeholder initiative involving representatives from civil society, downstream buyers (jewellers, electronics), mining industry, affected communities and labour. They define their mission as "working towards a world where mining operations are consistent with healthy communities and environments, and they leave positive legacies."
Levin Sources is a social venture and consultancy that seeks to drive responsible mining and sourcing practices by working closely with businesses, governments, NGOs and communities in producer nations, with a specific focus on "artisanal and small-scale mining. They are responsible for the ‘Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Transformative Arisanal and Small-scale Mining’ (‘BEST-ASM’) Knowledge Hub and The GIFF Project, an initiative and toolkit for identifying, addressing and raising awareness of illicit financial flows in gold mining as an impediment to responsible mining.
StandFIRM: Filipinos for the Institution of Responsible Mining is a proactive, science-based, truth-anchored, action-oriented, youth-driven national coalition in the Philippines which aims to institutionalize the practice of responsible mining and eradicate irresponsible mining practices. It pushes for policies that address irresponsible mining practices and prioritizes the Filipinos' interests towards the utilization of minerals and benefits gained through mining for national sustainable development.