Artisanal mining is a vital source of income for millions of people across the world. Everyone in the industry, alongside governments and the civil society, has a responsibility to help improve conditions for miners in this sector, according to leading jewelry industry players.
According to the latest industry figures, almost 43 million people worldwide work in ASM across all types of mining, accounting for around 90% of all mine workers. Factoring in family dependents, the total number of people relying on the sector is around 150 million. It provides much-needed income in some of the most deprived parts of the world.