IMPACT works with miners, traders, and exporters to create incentives for legal sales and provides capacity building to implement the traceability and due diligence required by the Just Gold project, in alignment with regional and international standards. We support artisanal miners to enter the formal economy, while promoting gender equality and environmental stewardship.
Every sale of gold from the Just Gold project is linked to a deep paper trail and validated data. Customers and international market actors have peace of mind that their gold has been produced legally and is free of human rights violations. They have the knowledge that they are responsibly sourcing gold directly from artisanal mining communities, advancing women’s empowerment, and environmental protection.
First traceable, legal, conflict-free artisanal gold from Democratic Republic of Congo to international market (2017)
First traceable, legal, conflict-free artisanal gold from Democratic Republic of Congo to a United States refiner (2018)
First traceable, legal, conflict-free artisanal gold from Côte d’Ivoire to international market and LBMA-accredited refiner (2020)
IMPACT first began developing a traceability and due diligence system for artisanal gold in Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012. The project picked up the name Just Gold in 2017. The first successful chain of custody from mine site to export was announced in June 2017. A month later, the first conflict-free, traceable, and legal artisanal gold from Democratic Republic of Congo hit the market in Canada.
The Just Gold project was funded by Global Affairs Canada as part of IMPACT’s Building Responsible Supply Chains for Development in Africa’s Great Lakes Region program. A previous pilot was launched in 2014 with the support of the Public Private Alliance to test an incentive-based model for artisanal gold traceability in eastern DRC. The one year pilot and its lessons developed into the Just Gold project. The Just Gold project launched in 2015 and is funded by Global Affairs Canada, with additional funding previously provided by USAID, through their Capacity Building for Responsible Minerals Trade (CBRMT) project, and the International Organization for Migration. Funding for the project has also come from Apple and Humanity United.
The Just Gold project was expanded to Côte d’Ivoire, with a successful chain of custody and first export to the international market announced in 2020.
Funding for the project was provided by the European Union.