Just Gold - fully traceable, conflict-free, artisanal gold from Democratic Republic of Congo – in partnership with an NGO

About the Just Gold project


IMPACT’s Just Gold project is the first to successfully trace conflict-free and legal artisanal gold from mine sites to export in Democratic Republic of Congo, applying regional and international standards applicable to conflict-affected and high-risk areas.


Over 1,000 miners across six mine sites sell their fully traceable gold to a verified exporter in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the Just Gold project.


Through the Just Gold project, IMPACT creates incentives for artisanal gold miners to channel their product to legal exporters—and eventually responsible consumers.


IMPACT provides capacity building, such as technical assistance to miners, in return for legal sales.

Miners are taught better extraction techniques and are offered Just Gold project equipment. In return, any gold they produce must be tracked and sold through legal channels. IMPACT partners with local traders who buy the gold from miners at fair and transparent prices.


After a pilot phase, in May 2017 IMPACT announced the Just Gold project had proven a legal, traceable, and conflict-free chain of custody from mine site to exporter—a first for artisanal gold in Democratic Republic of Congo.


Fair Trade Jewellery Co. made history by purchasing the first export of fully traceable, conflict-free artisanal gold from Democratic Republic of Congo in June 2017 and making it available to consumers in Canada.


About IMPACT and Fair Trade Jewellery Co.


Fair Trade Jewellery Co.’s move to import gold produced through the Just Gold project is vital to supporting artisanal gold mining communities in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo and ensuring a long-term, sustainable solution for traceable and conflict-free artisanal gold.


IMPACT supports the traceability and due diligence implementation for the Just Gold project from mine site to export on the ground in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. IMPACT works with miners, traders, and exporters to create the incentives for legal sales and provides capacity building to implement the traceability and due diligence system required by the Just Gold project. IMPACT also supports the integration of women’s economic empowerment through the Just Gold project, improving an understanding of women’s rights in the communities involved in the project and fostering women’s leadership through skills-building and training.


Fair Trade Jewellery Co. collaborates with its sister company, Toronto-based software startup Consensas, to trace the gold from exporter to consumer. FTJCo uses Just Gold in its jewellery, making it the only product available in the world made from conflict-free artisanal gold from the Democratic Republic of Congo, fully traced from mine site to consumer.

 

About IMPACT

IMPACT transforms how natural resources are managed in areas where security and human rights are at risk. We investigate and develop approaches for natural resources to improve security, development, and equality. We are an independent non-profit, collaborating with local partners for lasting change.

IMPACT—formerly Partnership Africa Canada—is based in Canada with field operations, research, and collaborations with local partners around the globe. The organization has been working on ensuring natural resources contribute to equitable peace and development for over 30 years.


More information on Just Gold

https://impacttransform.org/en/work/project/just-gold/

 

Meet Josephine Kibondo and Moza Zawadi, two women artisanal gold miners in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri Province. They share their stories of their life as artisanal miners and, while they say it’s hard work, they rely on the income from artisanal mining to support their families. Together with Canada’s Carleton University and Uganda’s Development Research and Social Policy Analysis Centre, IMPACT is exploring women’s livelihoods in the artisanal mining of 3Ts (tin, tantalum, tungsten) and gold within the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Video by Sven Torfinn/IMPACT