The Earthbeat Solutions Foundation was founded in 2012 with the aim of creating a legal, safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly use of gold as a raw material. And this for all stakeholders. In doing so, it is making a decisive contribution to a change in the gold-processing industry.
Gold mining is a highly damaging process – for the environment and the miners. About 20 to 25 million people worldwide work in the Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector. About 100 million people are indirectly part of the supply chain. Only about 20% of the global demand for gold is mined by hand – often without any technical equipment – but 80% of the people are employed in ASGM.
Gold miners are constantly exposed to highly toxic chemicals such as mercury, which are used in gold mining. This has not only fatal consequences for the people, but also a harmful effect on the environment.