Our commitment towards responsible gold

LBMA’s Responsible Gold Guidance

Introduced in 2012, the LBMA’s Responsible Gold Guidance requires strict adherence to rules around the provenance of gold for its Good Delivery refiners. It was set up to combat systematic or widespread abuses of human rights, to avoid contributing to conflict, to comply with high standards of anti-money laundering, and to combat terrorist financing practices in the entire gold supply chain.
 
The Guidance has been regularly updated since its introduction, most recently in 2019 to address corporate governance, environmental and sustainability issues. All refiners wishing to sell into the London Bullion Market must implement and adhere to LMBA’s Responsible Sourcing Programme in order to remain on the LBMA Good Delivery List. 
 
The Guidance is based on internationally recognised frameworks such as OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chain of Minerals from Conflict Affected and High Risk Areas, Swiss and US KYC, Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorist Financing regulations. These detailed standards help to ensure companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict. As such, the Guidance crosses over with several UN Global Compact Sustainable Development Goals including no poverty, reduced inequality, peace justice and strong institutions. 
 
Compliance with the Guidance include measures such as:
 
  • Supporting initiatives facilitating responsible supply chains for all forms of mining in areas of conflict or human rights abuse 
  • Refiners are required to engage on ESG issues with their suppliers and assist them in implementing ESG policies
  • LBMA accredited refiners must meet the guidance standards
  • Refiners are independently audited on an annual basis and are required to report publicly 
  • Failure to comply may result in immediate removal from the Good Delivery List.

Find out more in the LBMA's 2020 Responsible Sourcing Report

Invesco Physical Gold ETC

Since we can only be certain that gold mined from 2012 onward has been sourced in compliance with the LBMA’s Responsible Gold Guidance, we have instructed our custodian, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, to minimise the Invesco Physical Gold ETC’s exposure to gold mined prior to this date. As a result, since July 2020, 100% of the gold bars held in the segregated account of the Invesco Physical Gold ETC are minted since 2012.
 
100% of our gold bars are minted since 2012 
Source: J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, 30 November 2020.
 
As a responsible manager and a signatory of the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI), we are committed to incorporate environmental social and governance (ESG) practices across all our investment activities. We take our responsibility as an engaged and active shareholder in the gold mining space very seriously and see engagement as an opportunity to encourage continual ESG improvement.
 
We actively engage with mining companies to discuss key material environmental issues associated with mining, including carbon emissions, water management, biodiversity protection and tailings dam management.
To find out more, watch the latest from Dr Chris Mellor, CFA, Head of EMEA Equity & Commodity ETF Product Management.
 
 
 
 

 

London Bullion Market Association (“LBMA”) is the primary standard-setting body for the global wholesale market for gold and other precious metals

Provided by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, November 2020

 

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