Opdateret: 19. juli 2019
This is the result of many years of dedicated work to start establishing fairness inside a business, the mining business, that up till now was known for anything but, exploitation of the land, and the workers, poor living conditions, poor wages, with only one thing in mind – profit for the companies owning the mines. – (above photo by Ronald de Hommel)
The work in the Oro Verde open mines is based on respect.
Respect for the miners, respect for the land and the earth, and respect for the future. Working "ecological" means that chemicals, such as cyanide and mercury, are not used in the extraction. The miner’s expertise and experience allow them to implement green mining techniques which result from knowledge accumulated from centuries of experimentation and practice. Mining ecological also means that when an ore is exhausted, the mine is filled up with soil and after three years the land can be used for agriculture. The Chocó region in Colombia is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. A part of the Oro Verde Programme is to preserve this region and it’s biodiversity for future generations, to hand down to the next generation a possibility to live and work in respect.
In 2014 The Oro Verde mining community and AMICHOCO had to close down their work and the company, because of pressure from illegal mining in the area. The work they started that lead to the foundation of The Alliance of Responsible Mining and the certifications that we know for gold today, "Fairmined" and "Fairtrade.