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SMETA Audit (4 Pillars)

Sedex is a membership organisation that provides an online platform for companies to manage and improve working conditions in their global supply chains.

Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) is Sedex’s social auditing standard, which businesses can use to assess a supplier’s working conditions, across the areas of labour, health and safety, environment and business ethics, to improve performance and signal zero tolerance of human rights abuses such as child and forced labour.

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ISO/TS 22451:2021 – Recycling of rare earth elements

ISO is a non-governmental international standard-setting organization with a membership of 167 national standards bodies. It establishes best practices in a very wide range of activities and is not limited to mineral supply chains.

ISO/TS 22451 provides measurement methods for quantifying rare earth elements (REEs) in industrial wastes and end-of-life products in solid, solid-liquid mixture or liquid forms. It provides an overview of sample preparation and measurement of REEs in industrial waste and end-of-life products.

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ISO 50015 – Energy Management Systems

ISO is a non-governmental international standard-setting organization with a membership of 167 national standards bodies. It establishes best practices in a very wide range of activities and is not limited to mineral supply chains.

ISO 50001 is designed to provide a practical way to improve energy use, through the development of an energy management system. It establishes general principles and guidelines for the process of measurement and verification of energy performance of an organization or its components.

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ISO 14064 – GHG Management Systems

ISO is a non-governmental international standard-setting organization with a membership of 167 national standards bodies. It establishes best practices in a very wide range of activities and is not limited to mineral supply chains.

ISO 14064.1 specifies principles at the organizational level for the quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals. It includes requirements for the design, development, management, reporting and verification of an organisation's GHG inventory. Additional guidance documents, ISO 14064.2 and 14064.3, cover GHG emissions at project level and the verification and validation of greenhouse gas statements, respectively.

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ISO 14001 – Environmental Management Systems

ISO is a non-governmental international standard-setting organization with a membership of 167 national standards bodies. It establishes best practices in a very wide range of activities and is not limited to mineral supply chains.

ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified against these criteria. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow, to provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.

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Fairtrade Standard for Gold and Associated Precious Metals for Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Fairtrade Standard seeks to create opportunities for artisanal and small-scale miners and
their communities, by promoting formalisation
through the establishment of membership-based artisanal and small-scale mining organisations. The
aims are to improve working conditions for miners, strengthen mining organisations and build their
capacity to lobby for positive systemic change.

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BGR Certified Trading Chains

The German Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) developed the Certified Trading Chains (CTC) approach and has implemented it at the pilot scale in Rwanda and the DRC.

The CTC scheme is designed to certify responsible mining and trade of minerals, with a focus on tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. The scheme is geared to addressing the specific challenges that are associated with artisanal mining, and emphasises feasibility and impact in an artisanal context. It focus on process rather than certifying the achievement of performance targets.

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