Artisanal Gold: Opportunities for Responsible Investment

Summary
June 22, 2016

Use of mercury by artisanal miners is has become a major concern for the gold industry and its stakeholders, as it causes significant negative impacts to the health of miners, men women and children in mining communities, and the environment globally by contaminating the global food chain. As such, artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) mercury must be phased down under a new legally binding international treaty, the Minamata Convention on Mercury. This document explores investment mechanisms that offer an opportunity to provide incentives and training to reduce mercury use, increase gold yields, and create transparent supply chains