Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) makes up the majority of the mining industry.Over 100 million people world wide rely on ASM for their livelihoods. Most people earn about $2 a day working in small-scale mines. Due to the lack of regulation in markets, safety and healthcare, and often mining in remote locations, many small-scale miners are exploited.
Greg Valerio along with the Fairtrade Foundation have teamed up to launch a mining system that will allow for greater social and environmental improvements, labour standards, fair pricing and improved health and safety regulations. The money made from these fair trade mines, will get invested back into their own communities. For an insight into what Greg and the Fairtrade Foundation is doing, please check out this video.
Manuel Reinoso Rivas, President of the Association of Artisanal Miner Producers of Central and Southern Peru, and ARM Board member says: ‘Fairtrade and Fairmined certification motivates all artisanal and small-scale miners, men and women alike, to press for better working conditions and above all improved health and safety. We need to learn how to use clean, non-polluting technologies that will not only preserve our environment but also help us recover increased quantities of metals.
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