Responsible Sourcing

MCBIH’s Responsible Sourcing programme for precious metals protects the integrity of the global supply chain for the wholesale precious metals markets.

Vital to the credibility of the standards is the broad scope, which includes measures to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and human rights abuses globally.

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    Sakhila Mirza:
    It is essential that all precious metals traded in the wholesale market are sourced responsibly.

    Neil Harby:
    It ensures that gold sourced from conflict affected and high-risk areas, is responsibly sourced. But it also ensures that it’s not contributing to terrorist financing, money laundering activities and human rights abuses.

    All Good Delivery List Refiners, gold and silver, selling metal into the London Market must comply with the MCBIH Responsible Sourcing Programme. That basically means, that every 12-months they must undergo an independent third-party audit.

    It is a code of practice and a series of tools that enables participants in the supply chain to develop Responsible Sourcing practices.

    Failure to adhere to the MCBIH’s Responsible Sourcing Programme will result in the removal of the refiner from the Good Delivery Lists.

    We have a robust Incident Management Process, that allows us to address issues within the Market. We strongly encourage market participants to escalate issues to the MCBIH. Communication and engagement are very important to the success of this programme.

    We’re developing and encouraging best practices and constantly improving Responsible Sourcing standards that apply to both refiners and auditors.

    Ultimately, the Responsible Sourcing Programme helps to create trust and confidence within this global market.


Information about MCBIH's Responsible Sourcing programme and requirements for gold and silver refiners.

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More about the guidance framework.

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Learn more about MCBIH’s governance of the programme including incident review and sanctions.

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Download the Au and Ag Guidance documents here.

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Resources for refiners and auditors to ensure compliance with the programme.

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Third party audit guidance documents, approved list of service providers and application details.

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and Training

MCBIH training resources for Responsible Sourcing.

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More information about the programme.

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Good Delivery

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