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Mission


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To eradicate the use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM), ensuring the public trust in the jewelry industry gold supply chain.

MFM fulfills its Mission by:
Educating the jewelry trade about the devastating health and environmental impacts of mercury

  • Launch resource center, speaker’s program, interactive educational website

Encouraging the development and deployment of innovative and effective methods of separating gold from its associated minerals

  • Establish and publicize tests and pilot mercury-free mining programs in ASGM communities co-sponsored by jewelry industry companies and related civic, trade, educational and government agencies
  • Create a grant program to provide funding incentives to projects with promising new mercury free mining methods
  • Coordinate dialogues to help pilot projects be sponsored by jewelry companies
  • Secure funding and award challenge prizes for innovative approaches for the deployment of effective technologies

Aligning with like-minded organizations to support artisanal gold miners and their communities in mining responsibly

  • Conduct network advocacy with focus on influencing governments and NGO’s
  • Collaborate with leading universities with mining programs

Acting as an industry advocate, championing fact-based efforts to provide an alternative to mercury use in artisanal gold mining

  • Sponsor lectures, roundtable discussions, social media programs
  • Contribute to the creation of a responsible supply chain of mercury-free gold from the pilot programs as appropriate.

Providing a pathway toward responsibly sourced gold that helps protect the industry and consumer confidence

  • Offer memberships, affiliations and recognition that demonstrate commitment
  • Encourage companies to sponsor their own programs highlighting the role they play and the impact of their efforts
  • Develop a mercury-free mine sponsorship for jewelers that can be used to create a branded gold in their company
  • Provide materials and resources including inspiring success stories, curated photos, banners, financial/ecological benefit statements

Global Effects


0M
miners must handle mercury daily in order to make a living.
0%
of total gold supply comes from artisanal gold mining.
0%
of all mercury pollution worldwide comes from artisanal gold mines.
0M
people's lives depend on artisanal gold mining.
0k lbs
of mercury inadvertently released by miners each day
$0B
in gold is produced each year by artisanal gold miners.

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