It is with profound regret that Chambers Federation reports the torture and assault of one of its most beloved colleagues. After 2-years of dangerously escalating threats of retaliation and violence from Congolese state security officers they have finally succeeded in shutting down the social enterprise known as Fair Congo, SARL. … Read More
Advisory: This is a formal notification of ‘disruptions’ of Fair Congo, sarl operations in the South Kivu province of the DRC. While ‘disruptions’ are not new to Fair Congo’s operations, and have been manageable in the past, a new element is influencing with a clear and targeted agenda for one … Read More
Meeting Request Dear XXX, please consider this our formal request for a meeting to review and discuss the following agenda items: 1. Presentation on the business math of responsible gold, success stories and challenges 2. Open source, market accepted approaches to responsible gold and social impact measurement 3. Private sector … Read More
Working in collaboration with USAID, check out what an artisanal mine sites looks like!
The 1st responsible ASM gold supply chain from eastern DRC to the United States & Europe
UNICEF correspondent Michelle Marrion reports on how UNICEF is supporting efforts to find child labourers a way out of the diamond mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
When you understand the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo you begin to understand the need for impact investing into such a culturally rich nation. As usual, well done to John Green and the Crash Course YouTube channel. I highly recommend subscribing!
This was a video shown by the International Organisation of Migration during the 2017 11th ICGLR-OECD-UN GoE Joint Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains. Personal stories from miners like this one are essential to not just understanding the challenges of responsible mineral trading but most importantly to solving those challenges. I … Read More
Another great video by Seeker/DNews showing the complexity of something we take for granted. I highly recommend subscribing!
A very accurate assessment. Congo can be one of those positive examples as the near future unfolds.
The Fair Congo Initiatives were launched in 2017 in a collaboration between the Chambers Federation and the United States Agency for International Development. The Fair Congo Initiatives have established the 1st and only conflict-free ASM gold supply chain from the DRC and the first chocolate production facility within the DRC. … Read More
Spoiler alert! Timing is by far the most important factor for a startups success. When I look back at the various startups I’ve founded I would agree wholeheartedly. Even the existing businesses I’ve been apart of, when I implemented changes to the business model the primary reason those changes saved those … Read More
The Chambers Federation is pleased to announce its renewal of financial and technical support for the social enterprise, Empowerment Lighthouse Ltd (ELL). The Federations initial capital investment of 15 million shillings will be rolled over to continue to support the financial capacity of the women owned enterprise while the Federations … Read More
The Chambers Federation is please to announce its investment into the Kenyan social enterprise Recycle Tribe. Recycle Tribe is a social enterprise founded in 2015 that finds value and purpose in discarded materials from the construction and shipping industries. It was founded and is owned and operated by women to train and empower women entrepreneurs. Recycle … Read More
The United Nations and ICGLR Private Sector Investment Conference. Over $4 billion is investments featured, 1 fully executed, the Fair Congo Initiatives
An estimated $24 trillion in untapped deposits of raw mineral ores lie beneath the Congo’s incredibly vast lands. This is the equivalent to the combined Gross Domestic Product of Europe and the United States *1. This figure accounts only for the reserves not currently being mined, not including the many billions already being mined across the country. DRC … Read More
Artisanal Small-Scale Mining vs. Large-Scale Formal Mining ASM activities often take place near or within the formal mining concessions of large-scale mining (LSM) operations. ASM may take place in abandoned mining areas, in tailing dams, low volume deposits, or in downstream areas. Interactions between LSM and ASM are increasing as both … Read More
A common definition for the Artisanal & Small-Scale Mining sector has not been adopted as its legal status, defining criteria, and local definitions vary from country to country1. Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) are formal or informal operations with predominantly simplified forms of exploration, extraction, processing and transportation. ASM is normally … Read More
The Conflict: The conflict mineral ores of tin, tungsten and tantalum, as well as gold, are key elements of electronics products including cell phones, personal computers even gaming systems like the Sony PlayStation. Unfortunately, they have also been the principal source of revenue for armed groups that have preyed on civilians in eastern Congo over … Read More
Most people who watch the news already know of the 2010 Consumer Protection Act, also known as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform. Congress passed this act as their response to the economic crisis which began in 2008. What many people do not know is how expansive this reform is. To … Read More
Announcing the upcoming closure of Chambers Financial Group Chambers Financial Group, a division of the Chambers Federation, represents both federal and private banking institutions and has helped shelter the industry through the financial crisis beginning in 2008. Incorporated in 2005, this division has managed over $2.5 billion dollars in assets … Read More