About Better Gold The Project

Arising from a wish to improve the situation of ASM miners, the Better Gold Initiative for Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (BGI) was set up in 2013 as a private-public partnership between the Swiss Better Gold Association (SBGA) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO. With the Better Gold Initiative, the Swiss government has developed a successful pioneering scheme to build transparency, responsibility and profitability in the gold value chain.

The Better Gold Initiative – A Swiss Cooperation Project

As a world leader in gold refining, jewelry and watches, and financial industries, the role of Switzerland in the gold supply chain worldwide is remarkable.

Through Better Gold Initiative, the Swiss Government has developed a successful and pioneer plan with the purpose of generating transparency, responsibility and profitability within the gold value chain for small-scale mining. Swiss Cooperation has a long history supporting environmental projects of small-scale and artisanal mining in the Andes, which places Switzerland in a privileged position as a competent partner respected among mining organizations, governments and civil society in this sector. Better Gold Initiative facilitates the linkage between small-scale producers and international markets, creating gold value chains from mine to market. In this way, Better Gold is a precious metal produced and exported in compliance with the mining regulations of every country, which guarantees the origin and traceability of production, including social, work and environmental criteria. Better Gold producers have direct access to markets demanding better gold, thus they receive the best conditions for their production:

Advantages of the Better Gold Initiative

Access to premium market
of the formal and international gold value chain 
An advantageous selling price
thanks to direct export and exemption from VAT
Improvements in mining productivity
through technical assistance and capacity building
Improvements in living conditions of miners
and communities through investments of the Better Gold Fund
Contribution to the strenghtening of public policies
in order to formalize and produce better gold at national levels
Generate buyers demand for better gold
from small-scale producers

In order to achieve the evelopment of Better Gold Initiative, a private-public partnership between the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO and the Swiss gold industry represented by the Swiss Better Gold Association SBGA was created. Better Gold Initiative formally coordinates with Bolivia, Colombia and Peru governments through their Ministries of Mines, and Environment, in the case of Peru. In addition, we work in collaboration with each country’s regional and local governments.

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Official Partner Peru

Official Partner Colombia

Implementer Global

Implementer Peru

Implementer Colombia

Implementer Bolivia