ISEAL is excited to announce that Swiss Better Gold Association has recently been approved as an ISEAL Community Member. They join a growing and significant group of members involved in the mining and minerals sector and we look forward to their participation in the ISEAL community.
The Swiss Better Gold Association is a non-profit organisation set up by Swiss businesses across the gold supply chain.
The Association’s purpose is to support artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) and to develop effective, sustainable, and responsible supply chains from ASGM producers to its members. The purchase of Swiss Better Gold by the members includes a Swiss Better Gold impact premium, which is directly reinvested into ASGM operations and their communities in the form of technical, social, and environmental development projects.
The Swiss Better Gold Association partners with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in the Swiss Better Gold Initiative, which focuses on the work with the artisanal and small-scale operations in gold-producing countries.
Further to the approval from the ISEAL Board on the 1 December 2022, ISEAL’s Executive Director, Karin Kreider, commented, “I applaud Swiss Better Gold Association on becoming an ISEAL Community Member. This step reflects their commitment to credible and effective practices. I look forward to Swiss Better Gold sharing their experience working in artisanal and small-scale mining and becoming a valuable part of the ISEAL learning community.”
The President of the Swiss Better Gold, Olivier Demierre said, “Continuous improvement is a core and immutable principle of Swiss Better Gold. It applies to the Swiss Better Gold system as a whole, especially to our organisation, our approach, and the work we do with our supply chains and partner mines in the producing countries.
In a fast-changing and complex world with growing demands, we need to be agile and able to rapidly adjust our system to the needs of all gold supply chain actors. ISEAL community membership will support us in achieving this: in continuously reflecting on our processes, learning from others, and making the necessary adjustments to work towards reaching our impact goals.”
ISEAL members are sustainability systems and accreditation bodies dedicated to delivering benefits for people and planet. They are committed to continually improving their systems and impacts through learning and innovation; collaborating with stakeholders and peers; and are transparent and truthful about how their systems work and how they measure their impacts.
In becoming an ISEAL Community Member, Swiss Better Gold joins a growing number of well-respected sustainability systems that are driving positive social and environmental change across multiple sectors. Swiss Better Gold will be working alongside these mission-driven sustainability organisations to continuously improve the effectiveness of their systems and demonstrate impact.
We encourage any organisation developing or operating a sustainability system with a multi-stakeholder approach and a commitment to credible practices to consider joining ISEAL.