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NatGold™: Setting the ESG Gold Standard in the Digital Asset World

The term “ESG” gained prominence with the 2004 report “Who Cares Wins,” a collaborative effort among financial institutions under the United Nations’ (UN) auspices. Standing for Environmental, Social, and Governance, ESG investing scrutinizes companies’ performance on these pivotal metrics. It’s a paradigm that evaluates how businesses mitigate their environmental impact, nurture their communities, and govern themselves ethically.

ESG encapsulates the broader concept of sustainability, focusing on a company’s business model and how its products and services foster sustainable development. Here’s a deeper dive into the ESG criteria:

Environmental: This aspect assesses how companies address climate policies, energy usage, pollution, conservation of natural resources, and animal welfare. Key considerations include greenhouse gas emissions, toxic waste management, and adherence to environmental regulations.

Social: Evaluates a company’s relationships with its workers, suppliers, customers, and the communities where it operates. This could involve assessing whether a company supports local communities financially.

Governance: Focuses on a company’s leadership, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights. The goal is to ensure that companies use accurate and transparent accounting methods, choose leaders with integrity, and are accountable to their shareholders.

This ESG lens is reshaping the investment landscape, with a marked impact in Europe and beyond. Studies indicate a significant portion of European institutional investors integrate ESG factors into their decision-making processes. For instance, a Coalition Greenwich study revealed that over 90% of surveyed European institutional investors consider ESG criteria when making investment decisions and selecting asset managers.

Moreover, the European Union has initiated regulatory measures to enhance the credibility and reliability of ESG ratings, reflecting a global shift towards more sustainable and responsible investing. This trend underscores the burgeoning ESG consciousness across financial systems, particularly in Europe and the Middle East.

The International NatGold Council is proud to announce that the NatGold ecosystem not only meets but exceeds ESG compliance standards. NatGold employs a digital mining process. This process involves a benign exchange where NatGold miners trade mining titles of National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) certified gold resources for NatGold coins. These coins are mined digitally via a tokenization process in a closed, offline, Ledger-based digital vault, avoiding the environmental and social harms typical of conventional gold mining methods.

Additionally, the NatGold ecosystem mandates a 2% social giveback to local communities, directly benefiting them from the NatGold mining activities. Governance within the NatGold ecosystem is transparent and auditable, ensuring every NatGold coin minted is 100% backed by certified gold resources.

The International NatGold Council and its sponsoring members adhere to stringent corporate governance policies and embrace diversity in all operational aspects. NatGold stands as a beacon of integrity and sustainability in the digital currency landscape, offering a credible alternative to both fiat and crypto currencies. It positions itself to attract the growing ESG investor demographic, representing a rare investment that aligns with all ESG criteria while reviving the historical role of gold as the foundation of monetary systems.NatGold embodies the ESG-friendly future of gold mining and digital currency, marking a significant advance in sustainable and intrinsically valuable monetary solutions.

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What is the primary mission of the International NatGold Council?2024-04-20T23:27:01+00:00

The International NatGold Council’s primary mission is to develop legislative policies and set integrity standards for the NatGold industry, focusing on the comprehensive tokenization and monetization ecosystem. This mission is vital for cultivating a robust NatGold industry characterized by the utmost monetary integrity for NatGold coins.

In addition to its policy-making activities, the Council is committed to globally promoting the NatGold marketplace. Through strategic marketing and targeted media campaigns, it seeks to inform the worldwide community about the exceptional advantages of NatGold, establishing it as the leading asset-backed digital currency.

Are NI 43-101 Technical Reports considered the “gold standard” among international financial community?2024-04-20T23:32:21+00:00

Yes, NI 43-101 Technical Reports are often considered the “gold standard” within the international financial community for mineral project reporting. This reputation stems from their rigorous standards for transparency, accuracy, and detail in reporting mineral resources and reserves. Developed under the guidelines set by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), these reports require comprehensive disclosure and are overseen by qualified professionals who must adhere to strict ethical and professional standards.

The NI 43-101 Technical Report is the preferred choice for mining financiers worldwide when assessing potential funding for mining operations. As a result, NI 43-101 reports are uniquely recognized and accepted by all major global stock exchanges, further solidifying their status as the most widely trusted and authoritative source for certifying gold resources.

The higher degree of certainty and reliability associated with NI 43-101 reports, as compared to other international standards, ensures that investors, financiers, and other stakeholders have the most dependable information at their disposal when evaluating the potential of gold mining projects. This level of trust has established the NI 43-101 reports as the benchmark for gold resource reporting, thereby justifying their recognition as the “gold standard” in the industry and the only standard acceptable for tokenization into NatGold coins.

What is Tokenization?2024-04-20T23:35:52+00:00

Tokenization is the process of converting rights to an asset into a digital token on a blockchain. These digital tokens represent ownership or a claim on the asset, enabling it to be traded or managed on digital platforms. This innovative approach offers a secure and efficient means of handling assets, utilizing the transparency, immutability, and distributive nature of blockchain technology.

In the context of the NatGold model, tokenization involves creating digital tokens that represent ownership of a certain amount of gold resources, as certified by NI 43-101 reports. Each NatGold coin is a digital representation of gold resources, making the intrinsic value of gold easily transferable and accessible without the need for physical handling. This process democratizes access to gold as an investment, making it possible for individuals and institutions to invest in gold resources with ease and confidence.

Tokenization transforms traditional asset management and investment by breaking down barriers to entry, reducing costs associated with transactions and storage, and enhancing liquidity in the market. By leveraging blockchain technology, tokenization introduces a new era of asset utilization and investment, opening up opportunities for innovation and value creation.

What is the International NatGold Council?2024-04-20T23:26:47+00:00

The International NatGold Council, initially known as the International Green Gold Council, was founded in December 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland, by New York-based OroEx Corp. as a Swiss commercial foundation.

Structured as an independent governing body, the Council functions separately from industry participants, including its founding entity, OroEx Corp. Its Board of Directors consists of an exceptionally experienced and diverse team of individuals with international expertise.

Why is international transferability of NatGold mining titles important?2024-04-20T23:29:58+00:00

For the global expansion of the NatGold marketplace, ensuring NatGold mining titles can be transferred internationally to a designated NatGold tokenizer is crucial. This capability facilitates the conversion of titles into NatGold coins, significantly contributing to the growth of the NatGold ecosystem worldwide. It enables the seamless integration of gold resources from various jurisdictions into the NatGold economy, enhancing the diversity and liquidity of NatGold coins as a digital asset. International transferability supports the broader adoption and utility of NatGold, making it a truly global digital gold currency.