Basel Gold Day II: Recycled Gold

Date: 26-27 October 2022
Format: hybrid workshop, Basel Switzerland
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Many actors in the gold supply chain have sought ways to avoid being criticised for the conditions of extraction of their gold or the impact of such extraction on local communities. One such way has been the increased use of recycled gold. About one third of the gold refined per year is considered recycled.
However, defining recycled gold has been a major challenge. If the definition is too broad, there is a real risk that problematic gold (e.g. conflict gold) will be laundered and declared "second-hand". Furthermore, the most important standards each have a definition of recycled gold, adding to the confusion between different actors in the value chain. Finally, experience has shown how dangerous this practice is as it has led to a significant disengagement of major players from ASM mines, in contradiction with the OECD's demands. Nevertheless, there seems to be a growing awareness among the major standards of the importance of agreeing on a consensual definition in the interest of a responsible and coherent supply chain. Recent efforts are being made, notably through the launch of a working group open to all members of the gold ecosystem and led by the Precious Metals Impact Forum, to coordinate efforts and conduct a major reflection aimed at finally obtaining a harmonised definition of recycled gold.

The workshop is in hybrid format, physically for those ready and able to come and electronically for those preferring to participate from home.

All participants are invited to the pre-conference dinner kindly sponsored by Argor Heraeus (please register). All times are CET.

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Agenda

Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Time

 

19.00

Pre-conference apéro and dinner in Hotel Krafft (Rheingasse 12, 4058 Basel)

Thursday, 27 October 2022

Time

Agenda item

 

08.30-9.00

Welcome coffee

 

09.00-9.30

Welcome address

Keynote speech

Sabrina Karib, Precious Metals Impact Forum

Dr. Sandro Merino, Chief Investment Officer, BKB

09.30-10.30

Inputs by speakers & plenary discussion

Panel 1

Critical assessment of current definitions

Chair: Louis Maréchal, OECD

Speakers:

  • Juhani Grossmann, Basel Institute on Governance
  • Sakhila Mirza, LBMA
  • Patrick Schein, Gold by Gold

10.30-11.00

Coffee break

 

11.00-12.00

Inputs by speakers & plenary discussion

Panel 2

Recycled gold: the way forward

Chair: Gretta Fenner, Basel Institute on Governance

Speakers:

  • Mariella Meyer, WWF
  • Guya Merkle, VIERI Fine Jewellery
  • Sabrina Karib, Precious Metals Impact Forum

12.15-13.15

Lunch

 

13.30-15.00

Inputs by speakers & plenary discussion

Panel 3

Current challenges
(e.g. Russian gold)

Chair: Mark Pieth

Speakers:

  • Christoph Wiedmer / Julia Büsser, Society for Threatened Peoples
  • Christoph Wild, Association Suisse des Fabricants et Commerçants de Métaux Précieux
  • Robin Kolvenbach, Argor-Heraeus SA
  • Anna Gossenreiter, SRF

15.00-15.30

Wrap up of the day

Sabrina Karib & Mark Pieth

15.30-16.00

Farewell Coffee

 

 

Practical information

 

Registration

Please register by 5 October 2022 by emailing conference@pieth.ch.
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Workshop venue

The workshop takes place at the Faculty of Law (Juristische Fakultät) of Basel University, Peter Merian-Weg 8, 4052 Basel, Switzerland, in the Pro Iure Auditorium (on the ground floor). Event WiFi is available.

 

Accommodation

Conveniently located hotels in Basel:

Hotel Krafft A contingent of rooms at a special rate is available until 9 October 2022. If interested, delegates should directly book through Hotel Krafft by email or telephone (credit card guarantee is asked from each guest at the time of booking). Krafft cannot change bookings via the homepage, third-party platforms etc. to the group rate. The rooms can be called up with the keyword Basel Gold Day.

Hotel Bildungszentrum 21

 

Pre-Workshop Dinner

You are invited to join us for an (informal) pre-workshop apéro and dinner on Wednesday, 26 October 2022, at 19.00 in Restaurant Krafft. Upon registration, please indicate if you would like to attend the dinner (including dietary details).

 

Workshop lunch

We will organise a buffet lunch on Thursday, 27 October 2022.

Information about Basel Gold Day I (2020)