A non-profit organisation, the Swiss Better Gold Association (SBGA) is a pioneering network of industry, finance and other service providers which support the creation of responsible gold value chains from mine to market.
Set up in 2013 by A. Favre & Fils, Argor, Cartier, Impact Finance, Metalor and MKS PAMP, the SBGA now groups a number of key industry players with the aim of supporting improvement of working and living conditions in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) and establishing sustainable supply chains from these responsible ASGM producers to its members.
In 2013 the SBGA and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) formed the Better Gold Initiative (BGI) for artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). The BGI is instrumental to the SBGA's activity as it directly supports ASGM producers in improving their technical, organisational, social and environmental practices. The BGI also maintains a dialogue with producing countries on the formalisation of the ASM gold sector and the requirements of the Swiss market.