Humanium - Cover image
Humanium - Cover image


IM Development Partner

There are hundreds of millions of illegal firearms in the world. As a result, someone gets shot and killed every minute. To make sure more guns are destroyed, as well as financing the necessary support to the victims of gun-related violence, new direct approaches are needed.

Humanium is the world’s first supply chain made out of destructed firearms. Anything made out of any metal today can carry a message of peace tomorrow. Creating a demand for Humanium is equal to creating a demand for peace. Finally peace has a price.

The Challenge

The global cost of insecurity generated by armed violence is estimated at $400 billion annually, and it could decrease the GDP growth of an average economy by at least two per cent per year.

IM is a Swedish development organization with over 50 years of experience from regions where illegal firearms stand in the way of aid, development and progress. To make sure more firearms are sized and destroyed, as well as mobilizing the necessary resources to help victims of armed violence, new approaches are needed.


The Solution

The Humanium Initiative is the world’s first supply chain distributing metal from destructed firearms. It is sanctioned and implemented in full cooperation with governments and local authorities.

Brands, designers and artists can create products that carry the symbolic power of peace and, at the same time, mobilize much-needed resources to help victims of armed violence. Anything made out of any metal today can carry a message of peace tomorrow. Destructed firearms can be turned into jewelry, buttons, tools, smartphone cases or bolts. Consumers who purchase Humanium Metal products become a part of the solution to one of the world’s most significant problems.

Humanium increases the socio-economic and political security for people living in areas affected by high levels of violence. It also inspires consumers, businesses and authorities to join hands to find a solution to this problem.

The Result

The first weapons destruction program dedicated to Humanium was held in November 2016 in El Salvador, in close cooperation with the El Salvadorian authorities.

Swedish and international brands have entered a partnership in a commitment to using Humanium Metal in their production. Humanium has become watches, spoons and cables, with more products on their way.

Humanium Metal is a registered trademark and produced under the control of relevant public authorities. All Humanium Metal production is guided by principles as formulated by the World Fair Trade Organization.