Impact

Our Impact

Levin Sources is a social venture that exists to mobilise the potential of raw materials to deliver positive outcomes for society, across space and time. We deploy our expertise, skills and networks so that more minerals move through systems where better business and good governance are the norm.

Through our work, more biodiversity will be conserved, more vulnerable groups empowered, more human rights fulfilled, more economies made strong, and more individuals realising their dreams.

"A responsible and sustainable minerals supply chain means recognising impacts on people, planet and profit, and innovating to address them."

Delivering impacts

Every project we undertake must deliver sustainable outcomes for society; if a project does not include a positive social or environmental outcome, we will not do it. We consider a project’s impact proposition as part of our commercial due diligence when deciding to work on something or not. 

As a small business, we seek to operate as sustainably as possible. We are continuously improving our policies and practises to manage risk and to optimise our impact.

We are committed to the personal and professional development of our staff. Our core team and associates are supported through training and equipped with the tools they need to deliver impactful solutions with professionalism and integrity.

We allocate at least 2% of staff time to work on projects on a not-for-profit or philanthropic basis. Our public interest activities in influencing, educating and convening focus on our four Themes for Impact 2017/18.

We are currently formalising our M&E system to understand and thus plan around the impact we deliver and will continue to deliver going forward. To date, our impact has been measured anecdotally through client testimonials.

Themes for impact 2017/18

Conservation & the environment

Conservation & the environment

Protection of vulnerable groups

Protection of vulnerable groups

Reducing social injustice

Reducing social injustice

Micro and small business sustainability & growth

Micro and small business sustainability & growth

Impact activities

Since 2010, we have delivered impacts through:

Moving more gold and gems through systems that manage human rights, integrity, and environmental risks better.

Quantifying the environmental impacts of diamonds and coloured gemstone production.

Improving reations between artisanal and small-scale miners and large scale mines in producer countries.

Promoting a human rights-based approach to mineral sector governance.

Protecting biodiversity from irresponsible mining practises, including helping others increase the viability of the Eastern Lowland gorilla in the DRC.

Championing good knowledge management for impact in the ASM sector.

Demonstrating how illicit financial flows are obstacles to sector formalisation and therefore to legal employment and national development.

Training artisanal and small-scale miners in practices that will protect them and their families, communities and the environment.

Helping SMEs do better business in mining, jewellery and other sectors.

Micro and small business sustainability & growth

We help micro and small businesses and impact entrepreneurs integrate sustainability into their practices and develop their value propositions.

Through novel partnerships, alliance match-making and utilisation of our global networks, we support and incubate businesses and social ventures dedicated to tackling global challenges in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector.

Read more about our services and tools for Impact & Innovation.

Doing Better Business in the Jewellery Sector

We are proud to support the following responsible jewellery initiatives:

The NAJ Better Business Initiative is run by the UK's National Association of Jewellers. Its mission is to empower NAJ members to do business better, so that they can live up to the NAJ’s three core values of Honesty, Integrity and Professionalism. Levin Sources provides Project Management and sits on the Steering Committee. We helped design the Better Business pathway and platform. The pathway is a centre of expertise, resources and guidance in the form of a ‘toolkit’. 

Fair Luxury is a UK-based not-for-profit that drives positive change through the supply chain and inspires the jewellery industry and consumers to make better future choices. Levin Sources sits on the Fair Luxury committee as one of the founding members and core team members; organising, promoting and participating in the events organised.

The Responsible Jewellery Council is a not-for-profit, standards-setting and certification organisation for responsible business conduct in the jewellery supply chain from mine to retail. Our Director has volunteered as a member of the RJC multi-stakeholder standards committee since 2008, acting as Co-Chair from 2014 to 2016.

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