From “ninjas” to globally responsible artisanal miners - Mongolia exports its first Fairmined certified gold
Published: 2016-03-25 16:00:00
The Fairmined-certified XAMODX artisanal mining NGO, based in Bayan-Ovoo soum in Bayankhongor aimag, exported Mongolia’s first Fairmined Ecological Gold to the world market on March 17.
The NGO represents more than 300 artisanal and small-scale miners (ASMers) who extract gold in the soum. With support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s Sustainable Artisanal Mining (SAM) Project, jointly implemented by Mongolia’s Ministry of Mining, in 2015 the XAMODX NGO became the first ASM organization in Asia and one of only two in the world to receive Fairmined Ecological Gold certification by the Alliance for Responsible Mining - a special Fairmined label for gold produced without the use of mercury or cyanide - having fulfilled more than 200 standards affirming that the organization’s operations were economically, technologically and environmentally responsible.