Dr Mark Pieth, a professor of criminal law and a specialist in international regulation gives an outsider’s view on some key issues that gold refineries are currently facing. He primarily addresses the current tendency of de-risking among refineries - a problematic move towards informal boycotting of ASM or certain world regions. He goes on to discuss what due diligence efforts can reasonably be expected of refineries and what would be the role of industry organizations.
Finally he addresses the challenges facing auditing and reporting, and reminds that self-regulation depends essentially on credible auditing.
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Conflict & High-Risk Gold
Sasha Lezhnev (The Sentry) provides context to the issue of conflict and high-risk gold. Sasha stresses the fact that, in order for responsible sourcing to actually work, there needs to be a market for responsibly sourced gold.
U.S. Perspectives on Responsible Sourcing for Gold in the Time of COVID-19
Pamela Fierst-Walsh (U.S. State Department) provides a U.S. perspective on responsible sourcing for gold in a world of COVID-19. The Dodd-Frank regime, international sanctions and the impact of COVID-19 on the ASM sector will also be addressed.
Regulatory & Responsible Sourcing Developments
Sakhila provides an update on the regulations impacting on the financial services sector including Conflict Minerals Regulation, SFTR, NSFR and LBMA trade reporting, and an update on LBMA's future vision and strategy for Responsible Sourcing.
LBMA Annual Responsible Sourcing Report
LBMA's Responsible Sourcing team outline its strategy for the future of Responsible Sourcing, recommendations for Bullion Centres and Country of Origin data. Dr Mark Pieth, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at The University of Basel also contributed to this webinar.