Profundo BV has been commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to carry out a study of sustainability issues in the gold value chain, from mining through processing, refining, trading, end use and recycling. The overall objective is to propose policy options to the Dutch government, since The Netherlands wishes to make a significant contribution to improved sustainability in the gold value chain.
Profundo has engaged the services of Ron Smit to participate in this project, which is based on literature study and interviews with a range of persons who have relevant, extensive and wide-ranging experience.
After completion of the Inception Phase, the Draft Report was completed, utilising input from interviews and other feedback from a number of respondents representing a wide range of views and activities related to the gold supply chain.
A round-table discussion was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 9th June, 2015. This meeting, which also saw participation by Minister Ploumen (Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation), included a number of workshops to help define different policy options for the Dutch government.
The Final Report has been produced, utilising feedback from the workshops, and is available here: Report Strategic study gold chain BuZa 150714.pdf