GemFair Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) Standard
GemFair's Responsible ASM Assurance Programme
The GemFair Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) Standard Requirements form the basis of GemFair’s Responsible ASM Assurance Programme and enables GemFair to support the formalisation of the ASM sector. GemFair purchases diamonds from artisanal and small-scale mined sources that are extracted, processed and transported in a responsible and legitimate manner, including:
in the absence of contributing to serious human rights abuses, such as forced labour or child labour;
human and worker rights are maintained;
conflict finance and risks of corruption have been reduced;
diamonds are traceable from the mine site through to export; and
ASM miners are empowered with greater knowledge of the value of their production.
The GemFair ASM Standard draws its structure, scope and intent from the OECD’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, De Beers Group’s Best Practice Principles Assurance Programme, the Alliance for Responsible Mining and RESOLVE’s CRAFT Code and the Diamond Development Initiative’s Maendeleo Diamond Standards™, including the concept of entry-level requirements for the ASM miner to sell to GemFair, which would then enable GemFair to build the miner’s capacity to improve business and working practices through long-term engagement, corrective action, remedial training and user-friendly reporting.
The GemFair ASM Standard was developed to allow GemFair to expand to geographical areas and minerals not currently covered under the MDS Programme.
GemFair’s ASM Standard Requirements will be updated on a regular basis to incorporate key learnings and risks in the sector.