Get to know how CRAFT Code was made and the participant stakeholders
Governance and diverse participation in CRAFT construction:
In order to guarantee this participative process and also its legitimacy, two Code governance groups were created: Advisory Group and CRAFT Committee, consisting of miners, company, and market members.
Advisory group of CRAFT
CRAFT Advisory group is composed of professionals with different experience and education.
Ludovic Bernaudat works in the GEF Team of the Chemicals and Health Branch of UN Environment. Within the Team, Ludovic is managing the mercury portfolio of UN Environment GEF projects in this area as well as some POPs and SAICM projects.
He leads the development of the GEF Global Opportunities of the Long-term Development of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining sector (GEF-GOLD), a multi-agency, global project recently approved by the GEF. Before joining UN Environment, Ludovic worked for 11 years in the Water Management Unit of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) were he developed and managed the mercury programme and managed water efficiency and eco-cities projects. Ludovic co-leads the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining area of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership since its inception in 2007.
He also chaired a working group on mercury with the Inter-Organizsation Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) from 2012 to 2015. He holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences from the Alès School of Mines in France and led for 3 years a scientific research on organic pollution in urban atmosphere in a joint programme between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
Responsible Minerals Initiative
Leah is the Vice President of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (CFSI). In this role she advances the organization’s mission to foster responsible mineral supply chains across the globe. Leah has ten years of experience in regulatory compliance, corporate social responsibility, and stakeholder engagement.
Her work has focused on environmental remediation of industrial and small-scale mining sites, risk management, and community development. She has worked for government, international development consulting firms, and the mining industry in the U.S. and Africa. Leah holds an MA in International Relations and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University.
Responsible Jewellery Council
Louis Maréchal joined the Responsible Business Conduct Unit of the OECD in September 2014. He specifically works on projects focused on the extractives sector and on the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
Prior to joining the OECD, Louis Maréchal worked for four years with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France on issues related to transparency and governance in the mining sector. He started his career with a strategic consultancy firm focusing on the defence and extractives industries. Louis Maréchal holds a master’s degree in international relations.
Responisble Jewellery Council (RJC)
I have worked NGO and not-for-profit sector for 10 years. Prior to my 5 years’ experience within the jewellery and watch sector, I have worked at a 100,000 acre re-forestation project, ecological media outlet, the British government and a national charity. I am currently the Standards Manager at the Responsible Jewellery Council, a standards and certification organization with over 1200 members implementing responsible business practices throughout the jewellery and watch industry. With that role I am responsible for standards development of both our mandatory Code of Practice standard as well as our voluntary Chain of Custody standard. I oversee the design implementation of these standards for our member organizations spanning the entire supply chain from mine to retail covering materials such as gold, silver, platinum group metals, diamonds and coloured gemstones. I am responsible for the RJCs multi-stakeholder Standards Committee, ensuring that industry and non-industry voices are heard in the development of RJC standards. I have extensive experience with stakeholder engagement, having organised numerous consultations, in-person and remotely, with a consideration for disadvantaged groups, so that they are encouraged and supported to contribute. I am responsible for RJCs ISEAL standards code compliance, ensuring that RJC standards are developed according to best practice in a credible way. I have an excellent working knowledge of gender issues within the jewellery supply chain, having overseen a gender review of the current RJC standard as well as leading the RJCs work on the UN gendered responsive standards declaration, which RJC became a signatory of in 2020.
I hold a bachelors degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex.
Alliance for Responsible Mining
Yves is a geologist and consultant specialized in the small-scale and artisanal mining sector and its relationships with the industrial sector. He has been working in the mining sector for more than 20 years. He has worked over 15 years with training, technical assistance, health, safety and environmental issues in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining in many countries in both Francophone and Anglophone Africa, but he also has experience in Asia. In the recent years, his interest has been focused on responsible mining practices and improvement of access to markets, through sustainable certification processes and the application of OECD due diligence concepts in the Great Lakes Region.
Highly involved on the ground in trying to build participative and informed programs with ASM communities for a change in practices and the improvement of their livelihood, as well as advising on mining policies that foster formalization of this sector, he has been managing technical assistance and capacity building programs in Africa. He took over the position of Executive Director of ARM in December 2016.
Estelle Levin-Nally is the Founder and Director of Levin Sources. She founded the company in 2010 as a catalyst to facilitate better business and good governance in the mineral sector. Estelle works with experts and specialists to develop innovations that concentrate on complex problems and add value for communities, stakeholders and shareholders.
Estelle has founded and facilitated a series of innovative programmes, tools and strategies to address issues surrounding the formalisation of the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector. In 2016, Estelle developed The GIFF Project, to deepen the understanding of illicit financial flows linked to ASM, in collaboration with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime. The tools have been applied in Sierra Leone and Ghana.
In 2010, Estelle developed the ASM-PACE initiative in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to address ASM in protected areas and critical ecosystems. The resulting programme focused on building stakeholder knowledge and capacity for tackling issues with a focus on human rights, corruption, security and governance.In 2010, Estelle developed the ASM-PACE initiative in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to address ASM in protected areas and critical ecosystems.
The resulting programme focused on building stakeholder knowledge and capacity for tackling issues with a focus on human rights, corruption, security and governance. Estelle is an internationally recognised leader in ASM and responsible sourcing. She has spoken at events and conferences around the world and has been an expert participant on a number of panels and knowledge sharing initiatives.
Better Gold Initiative / Swiss Better Gold Association
Senior Program Manager Gold
Senior Project Manager
Responsible Business Alliance
Alexandra Cech is a Senior Project Manager with the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). She focuses on upstream risk management and special projects, including leading RMI’s Artisanal Small Scale Mining (ASM) Workgroup. Alex has more than 10 years of professional experience, including advising on responsible sourcing, identifying and mitigating human rights risks in supply chains, and promoting local economic development through research and donor funded program implementation. Specifically, she has experience in project management, executing risk assessments, and conducting qualitative research and value chain analysis. Previously, she worked as the Human Rights and Supply Chain Responsibility Program Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She has also held positions with UL’s Responsible Sourcing group, the World Bank, and ACDI/VOCA. She holds an MS from Georgetown University and a BA from the College of William and Mary.
Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance
Aimee currently serves as Coordinator for the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (www.responsiblemining.net), a broad-based effort to create a standard for socially and environmentally responsible mining around the globe (a parallel to the Forest Stewardship Council and Marine Stewardship Council).
She previously served as Coordinator for the Western Mining Action Network (www.wman-info.org), an association of more than 100 community-based groups across the US and Canada working to reduce the negative impacts of industrial-scale mining in their home communities.
Aimee has been Program Director for the Institute for Children’s Environmental Health and Executive Director for Women’s Voices for the Earth, both national organizations reducing environmental links human illness.
Over the last two decades her work has focused on environmental health, women’s leadership, and resource extraction issues. She specializes in communications between diverse networks of scientists, researchers, healthcare professionals, nonprofit advocates, businesses, government agencies and citizens striving toward common goals.
Cristina Maria Villegas is Director of Mining at Pact. She is a recognized global expert in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and has more than 12 years of experience in the international development sector. She specializes in ASM, rural development strategies, mineral sector governance, and local capacity building, and has direct field experience across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In her current role, she designs and oversees multi-million dollar field programs focused on mineral sector formalization, improving ASM’s technical, social, and environmental performance, and market linkages.
She is a member of Fairtrade’s Technical Advisory Committee for Gold, a Gold Expert for the UN Environmental Program, and an Expert Associate of the Artisanal Gold Council. She is regularly consulted as an ASM expert on gold, gemstones, and conflict minerals by such organizations as USAID, U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Labor, the World Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, UN Women, technology companies, and journalists for the Economist, Reuters, and The Washington Post, among others.
Ms. Villegas is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego and the London School of Economics. She lectures at the Columbia University’s massive open online course (MOOC) focused on extractives.
Prior to Pact, she ran her own consultancy focused on ASM of diamonds and gold, was a founding staffer of Estelle Levin Ltd., and worked the Fund for Global Human Rights, the World Wildlife Fund, and the World Bank.
LBMA’s Responsible Sourcing Programme
Susannah manages the LBMA’s Responsible Sourcing Programme for precious metals, which is mandatory for all Good Delivery List Refiners. She is an expert in human rights and broader sustainability, with over 15 years’ in-house and consultancy experience in the field.
Prior to joining the LBMA, Susannah worked for Shift – the leading centre of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – where she advised leading companies serious about human rights. Susannah previously spent ten years employed with global engineering services provider to the extractives and infrastructure markets Amec Foster Wheeler (now Wood), latterly as the Head of Social Sustainability. Susannah has also served on the Advisory Group to the UK Network of the UN Global Compact and as Vice Chair of Building Responsibly, a group of leading engineering and construction companies working together to raise the bar in promoting the rights and welfare of workers across the industry.
NRDC / GEF Gold
CRAFT Code Committee
The CRAFT code committee is composed by professionals with different experience and education.
Artisanal and small-scale miners
Guyana Women Miners Organization president
One of the founding members of Youths for Guyana, where she served as vice president and treasurer. She also got elected as vice president of the Guyana Women Miners Org. in 2013. Urica has been actively involved in combating human trafficking in Guyana. She has fostered two victims of trafficking and provided them with an opportunity to get an education and attend court. She is a passionate volunteer and a World Merit Agent of Change. She also served as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, representing the Guyana Women Miners Organisation in 2016.
Miners representative – Peru
Social consultant for mining, energetic and industrial projects. He has been working with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) since 2006, working as a vice president of the mining project Luicho in Paucar del Sara Sara province (Ayacucho). Nimer is also the founder of the Asociación de Mineros Artesanales de Luicho (Artisanal Miners Asociation). An activist in formalization processes of ASM, Nimer has also participated as a consultant in measurement of mercury use with the Artisanal Gold Council (Canada) within the Minamata Convention, among others.
Daniel M Riascos
Cooperativa Coodmilla representative
Daniel is a profesional Industrial Designer. His has project direction habilities and a profesional experience in working with design teams and development of products. He is specialized in tools to improve eficiency of productive processes and is currently a representative of Coodmilla Cooperative in La Llanada (Nariño).
Standards systems and guidance bodies
Standards Manager at the Responsible Jewellery Council
I have worked NGO and not-for-profit sector for 10 years. Prior to my 5 years experience within the jewellery and watch sector, I have worked at a 100,000 acre re-forestation project, ecological media outlet, the British government and a national charity. I am currently the Standards Manager at the Responsible Jewellery Council, a standards and certification organisation with over 1200 members implementing responsible business practices throughout the jewellery and watch industry. With that role I am responsible for standards development of both our mandatory Code of Practice standard as well as our voluntary Chain of Custody standard.
I oversee the design implementation of these standards for our member organisations spanning the entire supply chain from mine to retail covering materials such as gold, silver, platinum group metals, diamonds and coloured gemstones. I am responsible for the RJCs multi-stakeholder Standards Committee, ensuring that industry and non-industry voices are heard in the development of RJC standards. I have extensive experience with stakeholder engagement, having organised numerous consultations, in-person and remotely, with a consideration for disadvantaged groups, so that they are encouraged and supported to contribute.
I am responsible for RJCs ISEAL standards code compliance, ensuring that RJC standards are developed according to best practice in a credible way. I have an excellent working knowledge of gender issues within the jewellery supply chain, having overseen a gender review of the current RJC standard as well as leading the RJCs work on the UN gendered responsive standards declaration, which RJC became a signatory of in 2020. I hold a bachelors degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex.
IRMA Standard Coordinator
Lisa Sumi is a consultant with 20 years of experience working on the social and environmental implications of extractive industries such as hardrock mining, coal, oil and gas. She has served as research director for two non-profit organizations, the Environmental Mining Council of British Columbia and the the Oil and Gas Accountability Project, and currently serves as the Standard Coordinator for the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA). Lisa Sumi holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Science and a Master of Science Degree in Physical Geography from the University of Toronto.
Technical consultants and experts
Mining and environment expert
Lawyer and specialized in Conservation of Protected Spaces, with a long experience in International, Community, Indigenous and Environmental Law. He has experience in managing cooperation projects related to these issues. Among others, he was a professor at ESAN University and an adviser on conservation, mining, consultation of indigenous people and climate change of the Minister of the Environment.
Fabiana Di Lorenzo
Levin Sources Limited Due Diligence Manager
Fabiana has lead full-scale reviews of due diligence processes, wrote policies, developed training materials on due diligence requirements and obligations, advised companies on sourcing from sustainable ASM and worked on the development of the Mineral Tracking Database for the ICGLR. Prior to joining Levin Sources, Fabiana worked as a consultant and researcher in more than 10 countries. She also delivered training programes for public, private and not-for-profits through IMA International. Fabiana holds a PhD in law from King’s College London, where she focused her studies on business and human rights. As part of her PhD she researched the role of Public Private Partnerships in addressing the worst forms of child labour in global supply chains. She also holds a Master in Human Rights and International Development and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development (Major in Economics) from the University of Turin (Italy).
The Dragonfly Initiative Director
Pioneering consultant on business sustainability, social entrepreneur and responsible investment advisor. For the last 25 years, Assherton has dedicated his career to creating value through business that benefits both shareholders and society. He spent five years in the London financial markets and 20-plus years advising companies in the resources, manufacturing and luxury industries. He structured innovative ‘green’ supply chains — including the first fully traceable gold and diamond jewellery for the world’s largest retailer — and developed the only tracking system for ‘conflict-free’ metals from the DRC. He is specialist in International Business and Resource Economics (Royal Agricultural College, UK) and has a PhD from the University of Bath’s School of Business. He has published over 20 book chapters, and also chairs and serves on a number of boards and expert panels for standard-setting organizations, NGOs and private companies. He has published over 20 book chapters, and also chairs and serves on a number of boards and expert panels for standard-setting organizations, NGOs and private companies.
Gold refiners or associations
Simone Knobloch holds a Master Degree in Chemistry and a post-graduation Specialization in Polymer Science. He served as Management System Manager for different companies focusing on Quality, Environment, Health and Safety and Compliance. Advisor and Lead Auditor from 2009, he joined Valcambi in 2013 in the Quality Management team. Since October 2014 he is appointed as COO of Valcambi.
Conflict Minerals Program
Director de Argor-Heraeus
Downstream companies or associations
Louis Maréchal joined the Responsible Business Conduct Unit of the OECD in September 2014. He specifically works on projects focused on the extractives sector and on the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. Previously, Louis worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France on issues related to transparency and governance in the mining sector. He started his career with a strategic consultancy firm focusing on the defence and extractives industries. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations, with a specialization in the defence industry.
Solidaridad Ghana Programme Manager
Yaw Britwum Opoku is a Social Development Specialist with over 13 years experience in the mining industry in Ghana. He is specialist in Development Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi, Ghana) and he has a Masters degree in Development Studies from the London South Bank University (London, UK). He is also a National Executive Member of the Ghana Institute of Planners. Yaw is currently the Gold Programme Manager of Solidaridad Ghana, a CSO promoting responsible practices in the Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) sector in Ghana. Before joining Solidaridad, he was a Consultant on ASM reforms for the Minerals Commission of Ghana. Hitherto, he worked in the Community Affairs and Public Relations Department of Gold Fields Ghana for over nine years, rising through the ranks to become the Manager of the department for Gold Fields’ Damang Mine.