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Public consultation open for the CRAFT Code

WHAT is CRAFT and its public consultation?

The Code of Risk-mitigation for ASM engaging in Formal Trade (CRAFT), previously known as the Market Entry Standard, has been under development since the year 2017. Today, February 26, 2018 marks the start of the period of public consultation for this Code, which aims to serve as a tool for all actors in the gold supply chain to become involved and collaborate in addressing the mitigation of mining-associated risks and promoting the continuous improvement of environmental, social, and economic practices in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector (ASM). CRAFT is based on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Due Di... and will be an open-source code that can be used by anyone in or working with the ASM gold supply chain to improve access to legal and reliable markets and support progressive improvement of environmental and social conditions in ASM.

For this reason, version 1.0 of CRAFT must be created in a participatory manner. These two months will be a period of consultation on requirements of scope and affiliation to the Code, ASM legitimacy, and risks included in Annex II of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, and other highlighted risks not in the Guidance.

WHO should comment?

All interested parties can become a part of building and refining CRAFT, as it is an open and public process. Everyone from miners to buyers and points in between in the gold supply chain, as well as government officials, civil servants, civil society, standard-setting organizations, ASM support networks, and others may partake in the various forms of this consultation process.


WHEN is the public consultation?

February 26th to April 26th.


WHERE and HOW is the public consultation being held?

You can participate in the public consultation both online and in personThe code is available for review on the consultation website. For further background, including the objectives of the CRAFT code, you may wish to review a two-page synopsis; tailored versions are available for miners; buyers and refiners; and governments and civil society stakeholders. 

An introductory, narrated presentation is also available; this reviews the essential content of the CRAFT code and offers an overview of the code’s structure.

HOW to provide feedback?

There are three possibilities to provide your inputs on CRAFT:

Please follow our social media channels to receive frequent updates on activities and news on the CRAFT Code. Or sign up to receive email notifications – including when the final code is published – by emailing standards@responsiblemines.org.

WHO is leading this process?

The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and RESOLVE have led the development of CRAFT, with funding by the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM), and guidance from a wide range of actors in the supply chain, including representatives of industry standards, initiatives and experts. They have formed a CRAFT Committee and an Advisory Group to discuss and lay the groundwork for CRAFT.

With any questions, please contact standards@responsiblemines.org.

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