Enabling the Transparent and Sustainable

Trade of Metals & Minerals

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We enable the transparent and sustainable trade of metals & minerals – empowering people and economies to benefit from their natural resources.

Many regions, rich with valuable resources, find themselves unable to capitalize on their wealth. An “informal economy” allows the trade of minerals to move in undocumented channels. These channels can perpetuate cycles of corruption, poverty, environmental destruction, and violence – while these materials are necessities for industry around the world.

Through our initiatives, we support traceability and provenance to promote a new kind of transparency as a venue for sustainable development, while improving the impact of the mining and trade of metals & minerals.

The Trade Foundation applies innovative strategies and collaborative approaches to empower sustainable sourcing.

We are driving change by catalyzing the economic benefits of transparency.

Our Target Metals & Minerals

  • Cobalt
  • Diamonds
  • Gemstones
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Rare Earths
  • Silver
  • Tantalum
  • Tin
  • Tungsten

“About 100 million people – workers and their families – depend on artisanal mining.” – World Bank


The Trade Foundation™ exists to enable the transparent and sustainable trade of metals & minerals.

Our Vision

  • Open access to metal & mineral provenance
  • Safe and ethical mining practices that protect people and the environment
  • Communities benefitting from mining and trade in their region
  • Consumers enabled to make informed purchase decisions – and those decisions impacting the demand of products

Our work joins local communities and economies equally to the global resource value chain.


We innovate and provide solutions through four critical initiatives.

Traceability Initiative™

We provide the infrastructure to record, monitor, and verify practices throughout the value chain from mine to market, accomplished through our Traceability Model.

Mining Initiative™

We promote mining standards for the protection of the local community, miners, and environment through an accreditation process while developing programs for improved practices and livelihood for small scale and artisanal miners.

Research Initiative™

We advance the power of knowledge through the collection and analysis of data on the origin and movement of metals & minerals, generating new knowledge for communities to capitalize on the trade of their resources by identifying the best paths forward in development.

Consumer Initiative™

We present verified information to the end-consumer through accessible reports on the provenance of metals & minerals, giving the consumer the power of an informed purchase decision.

Our action enables macro transparency and a resulting reassessment, providing micro-level reform.


Get involved and support the efforts of The Trade Foundation.


Donations are tax-deductible and can be made out to The Trade Foundation or to specific projects and initiatives. We accept money and other donations.


Join our global team and contribute your skills, knowledge, and experience toward our mission. Fill out our contact form to learn more.

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Our mission requires collaboration and a multi-disciplinary approach. Let’s explore ways to strengthen our efforts. Contact us to learn more.

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