Our mandatory independent assurance programme verifies the legitimacy of gold and silver supply chains, ensuring sourcing meets international ethical standards.
The Responsible Sourcing Programme ensures the continuous improvement of Responsible Sourcing business practices and reassure clients that all of the metal sourced from LBMA Good Delivery Refiners is free from threat financing.
The Programme follows the five-step due diligence framework set out in the OECD Guidance and requires GDL refiners to demonstrate their efforts to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and human rights abuses, and respect the environment globally.
It is essential that all precious metals traded in the wholesale market are sourced responsibly.
It ensures that gold sourced from conflict affected and high-risk areas, is responsibly sourced. But it also ensures that it’s not contributing to terrorist financing, money laundering activities and human rights abuses.
All Good Delivery List Refiners, gold and silver, selling metal into the London Market must comply with the LBMA Responsible Sourcing Programme. That basically means, that every 12-months they must undergo an independent third-party audit.
It is a code of practice and a series of tools that enables participants in the supply chain to develop Responsible Sourcing practices.
Failure to adhere to the LBMA’s Responsible Sourcing Programme will result in the removal of the refiner from the Good Delivery Lists.
We have a robust Incident Management Process, that allows us to address issues within the Market. We strongly encourage market participants to escalate issues to the LBMA. Communication and engagement are very important to the success of this programme.
We’re developing and encouraging best practices and constantly improving Responsible Sourcing standards that apply to both refiners and auditors.
Ultimately, the Responsible Sourcing Programme helps to create trust and confidence within this global market.
Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing Reports
LBMA’s annual Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing Report, first released in 2020, covers Programme development, refiners’ and assurance provider's performance, case studies, and aggregate gold and silver Country of Origin information for all refiners.
The Report aims to increase the transparency of the LBMA Responsible Sourcing Programme. Read the report.
Formerly the Responsible Sourcing Report, the title has been expanded to reflect the importance of sustainability considerations when focusing on responsible sourcing. Read the report.
The aim of the Report is to increase the transparency of the LBMA Responsible Sourcing Programme. Read the report.
Our first report covers Programme development as well as refiners’ and auditors’ annual performance. Also includes Case Studies and aggregate gold and silver Country of Origin information for all refiners. Read the report.
Responsible Gold Guidance
LBMA is pleased to announce the publication of Version 9 of the Responsible Gold Guidance (RGG). The RGG is the document that underpins LBMA’s Responsible Sourcing Programme.
Recommendations for International Bullion Centres (IBCs) focus on the strategic priorities of responsible sourcing of recycled gold, eliminating cash transactions, and support for artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM).
Feasibility Study by Gregory Mthembu-Salter & Dr. Thomas Salter
Towards an LBMA Good Delivery List for Artisanal and Small-Scale Responsibly Sourced Gold
Feasibility Study: LBMA Board Response
LBMA Board response to the Phuzumoya Consulting Report: Towards an LBMA Good Delivery List for Artisanal and Small-Scale Responsibly Sourced Gold
Learn more about LBMA’s governance of the programme including incident review process, sanctions, and whistleblowing policies.
View the core documents which create the Responsible Sourcing Programme including Responsible Gold Guidance and Third Party Audit Guidance.
Areas of focus
Value chain accountability – building leverage
Build the awareness, trust and mutual confidence of stakeholders in the precious metals value chain to increase accountability and enhance collaboration
Advancing standards – defining best practice
Advance Responsible Sourcing standards and business practices to strengthen refiners’ risk assessment practices and provide more focus on progressive risk mitigation
Audit Programme – enhancing credibility
Strengthen the robustness of Step 4 of the Responsible Sourcing Programme to improve confidence in the assurance process
Transparency – improving disclosure and reporting
Enhance disclosure against Step 5 of the Responsible Sourcing Programme to improve the transparency of the precious metals supply chain
Artisanal Small-Scale Mining (ASM) – engaging responsibly
Encourage and facilitate responsible engagement by refiners in the precious metal supply chains of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining