Our goals

The main goal of the Swiss Better Gold Association is providing support to artisanal, small and medium scale gold mining developing effective, sustainable and responsible supply chains from these responsible producers to our members.

This is achieved by:

  • Providing technical assistance to ASGM producers
  • Enabling compliance with Swiss Better Gold sourcing strategy
  • Ensuring access of ASGM production to the international market
  • Enabling traceability of value chains through a chain-of-custody system
  • Supporting sustainable development of mining operations
  • Facilitating access to capital for ASGM-related investments

Key partners

The Swiss Better Gold Association collaborates closely with key partners:

  • Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) under the Swiss Better Gold Initiative for artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) programme
  • Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS), such as the Responsible Jewellery Council
  • Selected non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in key markets to leverage awareness of ASGM challenges and opportunities

Core activities

Core activities defined by the Swiss Better Gold Association are to:

  • Promote purchase of responsibly produced ASM gold in Switzerland;
  • Create sustainable value chains from mine to market;
  • Expand the network of eligible mining operations;
  • Increase the flow of responsibly produced ASM gold;
  • Through the Better Gold Fund, invest in social & environmental improvements within the network of eligible ASM producers;
  • Raise awareness & maintain open dialogue with the civil society on ASGM challenges;
  • Attract new members to the Swiss Better Gold Association.