Big Solutions at the Small-scale: The Artisanal Gold Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the opportunities, environment, and health of the millions of people involved in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining in the developing world, and in doing so, improving the global gold sector.

Latest Developments 

Our Board of Director member, Paul Schure, gave a presentation on "Responsible Artisanal Gold Mining Sector" at the Towards Responsible and "Conflict-Free" Mineral Supply Chains in the Great Lakes Region of Africa conference in association with PAC (Partnership Africa Canada), held in Ottawa on June 26.


Our Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Telmer, gave a presentation on "Améliorer le Secteur Artisanal de l'Or de la RDC par la Réduction de l'Utilisation de Mercure comme Point d'Entrée" as part of a workshop in association with the World Bank and PROMINES, held in Kinshasa on May 2nd.


Interview with Dr Kevin Telmer, Executive Director of the AGC, at Dubai Precious Metals Conference 2014 by Bullion Bulletin. Insight on ASGM markets, supply chains and our work on the ground.

On the cover of World@UVIC. The AGC was profiled for this University of Victoria newsletter. Highlighting the work Professor Kevin Telmer, Post Doctoral Fellow Paleah Moher, Ph.D. Candidate Ricardo Rossin and M.A. Candidate Anthony Persaud in the reduction of mercury use in the ASGM. You can find the newsletter here.


University of Victoria (UVic) economic co-op student Nevena Boskovic presented a poster highlighting the connections between AGC and universities, in finding solutions for sustainable small scale mining, at the CUVIC 2014 community-university engagement conference this May in Victoria.

The AGC delivers a Master Class at the Dubai Precious Metals Conference 2014 held on April 6-7. Our Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Telmer, gave a presentation on "Doing Business with the Small and Artisanal Gold Mining Sector Responsibly", focusing on buying ASM gold while reducing mercury use, improving environmental performance, reducing poverty, creating jobs and economic diversity.
The Artisanal Gold Council has taken a major step forward in its efforts to improve the environmental and health conditions of artisanal and small-scale gold miners in Burkina Faso with the establishment of a pilot mercury-free gold processing system and training centre. 

Here is a small video on the steps to develop the plant YouTube Video
(Now also in French)

Vous pouvez aussi trouver la version française ici
Puede encontrar la versión español aquí

The Artisanal Gold Council, in collaboration with the University of Victoria, Partnership Africa Canada and PAMP, presents to the OECD a webinar to discuss the development of an ASM sourcing tool that aims to maximize the visibility of the ASM supply chain while complying with OECD Due Diligence requirements.

The Artisanal Gold Council delivers a new Socially Responsible Investment concept at the LBMA/LPPM Precious Metals Conference 2013 held in Rome 29 September - 1 October. In the Responsible Gold Forum hosted by RJC and LBMA, executive director, Dr. Kevin Telmer, presented "the Artisanal Gold ETF", a socially responsible investment vehicle to support sustainable development in artisanal gold mining communities. See more on our Artisanal Gold Fund page.

AGC, UNIDO, and UNEP launch the Spanish version of technical guidance document on mercury in the ASGM entitled: 
Guía Práctica: Reducción del uso de mercurio en la minería de oro artesanal y de pequeña escala

Past AGC news items are available here.

The Artisanal Gold™ Coin Launches the AGC Improvement Fund.

A limited mintage of 104 coins were struck at Canada's Lasqueti Mint.
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