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Gold Industry Commits to Declaration of Responsibility and Sustainability Principles

The gold industry has come together, convened by LBMA and World Gold Council, to sign a Declaration of Responsibility and Sustainability Principles which formally expresses a shared commitment to operating in a responsible and sustainable way based on clear set of shared goals. The Declaration was announced at the LBMA/LPPM Global Precious Metals Conference, Lisbon on 18th October.

Signatories to the Declaration are LBMA, World Gold Council (WGC), Singapore Bullion Market Association (SBMA), China Gold Association, Swiss Association of Precious Metals Producers and Traders, London Metal Exchange (LME), Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), Indian Gold Policy Centre (IGPC), Indian Bullion and Jewellery Association (IBJA), Indian International Bullion Exchange (IIBX) and World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO), Artisanal Gold Council (AGC), Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), and the Watch and Jewellery Initiative 2030.

In all, this group has agreed ten key sustainability objectives, including commitments to responsible sourcing standards, respect for Human Rights, the advancement of the UN SDGs, and action and disclosures on climate change.

Gold industry participants understand that environmental and social concerns are increasingly important in shaping investment and policy decisions, as well as wider consumer and societal expectations. Whilst there has been significant progress in addressing many issues through industry-led initiatives and performance standards, it is important and timely that the gold sector adopts a clear collective statement of awareness and intent.

As part of the commitment to the declaration, Signatories agreed to closer collaboration and reporting on progress in the implementation of these Principles. They will also be able to demonstrate their commitment through adherence to initiatives that are designed for specific activities within the supply chain, such as the World Gold Council’s Responsible Gold Mining Principles and the LBMA’s Responsible Gold Guidance.

Building on the Declaration, gold industry players will continue to work with governments, international organisations, other private sector actors, and civil society to define and support robust standards of integrity and governance.

Ruth Crowell, Chief Executive Officer, at the LBMA, said: “The gold supply chain is complex and global, and industry participants are on different stages of their sustainability journey. I am pleased that we have been able to define a shared pathway to progress and unite our industry around these Principles. By coming together in this way, we can demonstrate our collective commitment to responsible and sustainable business practices.”

David Tait, Chief Executive Officer at the World Gold Council, said:It is very pleasing to see the gold industry co-operate in this way, from mine to market, to commit to these Principles of Responsibility and Sustainability. The gold industry has made great progress in recent years in ensuring gold is responsibly produced, but there is still plenty work to be done to ensure we work together to identify solutions and maximise our beneficial impacts. I believe this is just the starting point, as we move to improve collaboration across the supply chain for the benefit of all stakeholders, end-users and the future of the gold industry.”

Given below are the 10 principles:

1. Aligning gold industry practices and operations with the relevant responsible sourcing standards.

2. Supporting the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by working with partners

in government, industry, and civil society.

3. Respecting human rights by aligning the gold industry’s activities with the United Nations Guiding

Principles for Business and Human Rights and the core labour rights of the International Labour

Organisation, including an absolute commitment to high safety and health standards.

4. Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organisations and across the industry, supporting the

representation and participation of people of different genders, ages, races and ethnicities, abilities and

disabilities, religions, cultures and sexual orientations.

5. Considering the impact of the gold industry’s activities on Indigenous Peoples and other potentially

vulnerable populations.

6. Improving the gold industry’s understanding of its impacts on climate change and to

reporting its positions on climate change, aligned with the recommendations of the Task Force

on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

7. Working to reduce the gold industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, in line with goals of the Paris Agreement.

8. Exploring opportunities to support responsible Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) in the

formalisation of the sector, to improve its environmental, social and governance performance, and to

encourage closer engagement between ASGM actors and the formal gold supply chain.

9. Encouraging industry-wide participation and collaboration in advancing and implementing

these Principles.

10. Reporting on progress in the implementation of these Principles.

Demonstrating alignment with the Principles

This Declaration is intended as a clear statement of sectoral aspiration and intent. In most instances, gold market participants who want to demonstrate their commitment to the Declaration will do so through their adherence to initiatives that are designed for their specific activity in the supply chain.

Specifically, it should be noted that:

• Gold mining companies can demonstrate their alignment with the Declaration through adherence

to the World Gold Council’s Responsible Gold Mining Principles

• Gold refining companies can demonstrate their alignment with the Declaration through adherence

to the LBMA’s Responsible Gold Guidance.

As support for the Declaration grows, we expect a range of industry reference and proof points to be identified

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