Millions of workers around the world depend on income from small-scale mining. Three new reports examine how their economic survival can be promoted, but they come from different perspectives.
The industry body, ICMM, regards these workers as “stakeholders” in corporate enterprises, without requiring a radical change to the nature of commercial mining. See
Earthworks wants to improve small scale gold mining practices, but doesn’t quite see this happening as it should.
Dutch think tank, SOMO, asks why jewellery manufacturers aren’t adopting measures to change conditions under which coloured gem finders are forced to work. See