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Stamp Program Objectives

In order to address the global mercury problem, Aladdin has developed the Strategic Abatement of Mercury and Poverty (STAMP) program. This program is designed to induce artisanal and all mercury mining users to adopt Aladdin's highly efficient mining technologies. The fundamental strategy looks to illustrate the economic advantages of HGP to the miners. Although being able to provide a safe work environment , safety benefits alone are not sufficient to convince indigent miners to abandon mercury processing. Ultimately, the success of the program must rely on its ability to provide the miners with a greater level of income than what they are able to derive when using mercury. The broad objectives of the STAMP Program are as follows:
1. Employ as many artisanal miners as is possible while maintaining the economical integrity of the program.
2. Work to eliminate the use of mercury when extracting gold in the customary artisanal alluvial concentrates and hard rock deposit areas.
3. Increase artisanal miner wages above the national average and provide bonuses based on gold revenues.
4. Create new employment opportunities and provide training for higher paid jobs in the trades, management, administration, accounting, mining, geology, process engineering, and attendant disciplines.
5. Provide a humanitarian fund to benefit the miners and their families.
6. Convert sites to farming land or forestry after gold is depleted from the properties.
7. Attract artisanal miners to proven gold reserves set aside by large scale mining companies and / or the government.
8. Make a profit for all stakeholders

Aladdin's Pledge To Social Responsibility

Aladdin's Pledge To Social Responsibility

Aladdin Technologies Inc. is dedicated to bringing environmentally friendly processes to host countries so that mineral wealth can be extracted in a way that does not endanger local ecosystems or the health of native people. This interest - coupled with a commitment to mutual respect and a close involvement with all stakeholders - is behind the company's drive to help the government and citizens of countries achieve maximum benefit from their mineral resources. We also recognize that shareholder interests are best served when - based on our ethical treatment of indigenous people and sensitivity to environmental issues - countries actively seek out business relationships with the company.

Social responsibility is not simply an abstract concept, but rather, a realistic moral command and business strategy. Aladdin will do whatever is reasonable to help the communities of people around the world with which it interacts. Therefore, to disregard the tenants of mutual respect and fair trade would not only be morally corrupt, but it could also damage shareholder value in company mineral endeavors. Aladdin endeavors to be a leader in the way in which it brings obligations of social responsibility to its business enterprises.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Return to El Dorado: The Opportunities and Risks Presented by Colombian Gold Mining

The nature of small-scale gold mining varies widely, ranging from illegal gold mining with direct ties to armed groups, to fully legal gold mining enterprises.[21] In practice, most miners interviewed for this report self-identified as either “legal” or “informal.”[22]
Unable to meet the same environmental, financial, and legal obligations as big companies, legal miners sometimes resort to illicit activities like purchasing illegal explosives or selling gold through illegal channels, thereby further isolating them from the formal sector and depriving the government from royalty payments.[23] Legal miners in Los Andes explained the difficulty of accessing legal explosives, commercializing their gold—they either have to cross the border to Ecuador or drive the dangerous road to Medellín—or accessing government support.[24]
Communities that depend on informal mining often experience a dearth of public service delivery. Moreover, because many of Nariño and Antioquia’s mineral resources are located far from urban centers, mines usually live where state presence is weakest and armed group presence is strongest. Furthermore, the stigmatization of informal mining obstructs individuals from accessing public services with miners classified by the state as “illegal” and thus compelled to hide from the state. In some cases, however, small mining can significantly strengthen public service delivery. The mining cooperative in La Llanada, for example, has encouraged the investment of mining revenues into the funding of public services, thus reinforcing a mutually beneficial relationship between the municipal government and the mining community

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