Principles of Responsible Gold Mining

The responsible gold mining Principles (RGMPs) are a new framework that sets out clear expectations for consumers, investors and the downstream gold supply chain as to what constitutes responsible mining of gold.

Working with our members, the world’s leading gold mining companies, and collaborating with key industry stakeholders, the World Gold Council has set out the principles that it believes address key environmental, social and governance issues for the gold mining sector.

It is our aim that these principles will become a credible and widely recognized framework through which gold mining companies can provide confidence that their gold has been produced responsibly. The responsible gold mining principles are intended to recognize and consolidate existing standards and instruments under a single framework.

A number of leading standards already exist that address specific aspects of responsible mining of gold, including the United Nations guiding principles on business and human rights, the OECD due diligence guidance for responsible business conduct and the extractive industries transparency initiative.

Development of the Responsible Gold Mining Principles

The Principles have gone through a vigorous consultation and review process including two phases of external consultation. More than 200 organizations and experts submitted comments through an online questionnaire, direct bilateral contacts, and five multi-stakeholder roundtables.

The roundtables were independently hosted and facilitated, and accounts of the discussions, summarised by their host organizations can be found below.

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