The steering committee of the Responsible Gold Agreement has decided that new signatories can join the Agreement until December 1, 2021.
Companies participating in the Responsible Gold Agreement have become more transparent about their supply chains. This has become evident in the 2020-2021 annual report on the agreement, the first in which all participating companies have reported on their activities. A significant number of companies have also disclosed the refiners from which they procure gold.
Closing the Loop and Stop Child Labour/Hivos, both part of the Dutch Gold Sector International Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) Agreement, have worked together to formulate a clear and effective policy on child labour for Closing the Loop.
The recycling of gold from used electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) can be a golden opportunity for progress towards the attainment of a more circular economy for electronic devices and an alternative to primary gold mining.
A number of parties to the Responsible Gold Agreement are working to give gold from small-scale mines a place in their supply chain in a responsible manner. With these efforts, they are taking practical steps in order to have a positive impact.
Electronics recycler Sims Recycling Solutions ends its participation in the Responsible Gold Agreement. The company states that the time required for constructive participation in the agreement does not outweigh the limited influence that the company can exert on the supply chain.