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Digging up Impact: Why we should look at artisanal and small-scale mining as a catalyst towards SDG progress

Lisa Chase July 12, 2022

Worldwide, there are 45 million artisanal and small-scale miners supplying the minerals that fuel the green revolution and are critical to our digital world, modern industrial technologies, and luxury jewelry goods.

While artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is often perceived in a negative light, ASM is vital to achieving all 17 SDGs.

We will discuss how we can ensure that the green revolution is also a just transition that benefits mining communities at the base of our global supply chains, while at the same time, being good for society and business. 


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems

  • Accountability


Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining; Responsible Sourcing of Minerals, Global Supply Chains

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Even in its informal state, ASM makes positive contributions to almost all SDGs. We will convince our audience, including tech and luxury giants, that disengaging from ASM and choosing other alternatives is not a responsible or sustainable solution. Instead, when undertaken responsibly, ASM can support a more just and sustainable economy. We will bring various viewpoints together to understand the challenges associated with working with ASM as well as share best practice examples that are proven to de-risk engagements, be good for society, and business’s bottom line. Join us for this session, as we reveal the contributions of the world’s hidden mining workforce to our global economy and dig into ASM’s role as an SDG catalyst, for economic growth, and responsible business.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Artists & Culture-makers

  • Government

  • Academia

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameRoger-Mark De Souza
  • TitleVice President, Sustainable Markets
  • OrganizationPact Inc.
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameSteve Kenzie
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationUN Global Compact
  • StatusInvited
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