Fair Trade Gold Interest Survey

Complete survey and get one step closer to sourcing Fair Trade gold for your jewelry. This is an easy four-question survey from Ethical Metalsmiths and Fair Jewelry Action.

By Christina Miller and Marc Choyt

Ethical Metalsmiths and Fair Jewelry Action have teamed up to gauge your interest in sourcing Fair Trade gold for your jewelry. To do this we’ve explained some Fair Trade basics as well as created an easy four-question, three-minute survey. Already familiar with Fair Trade for precious metals, skip right to the survey.

Today many informed jewelers already use recycled metals. We believe this is a good first step. But regardless of how much recycled metals jewelers use, precious metal will continue to be mined to the detriment of the environment throughout the world.

Mercury, utilized in gold amalgamation, is prevalent in small-scale gold production. It is inexpensive and easy to obtain, but it is one of the most dangerous neurotoxins known to exist.

Like other Fair Trade products on the market, customers pay a premium, which is returned to the community to support projects that benefit everyone. Using Fair Trade commits your economic power to creating a world based upon environmental sustainability and justice. To learn more about how Fair Trade works use the web addresses listed under “Learn More."

Ethical Metalsmiths and Fair Jewelry Action are in the preliminary stages of working to introduce of Fair Trade gold into the US market. Initially, we would like to pilot our project with small studio jewelers. One of the key bits of information that we need to determine is who in our network is interested in participating in a pilot project that will eventually lead to Fair Trade gold certification.

Fairtrade, ecologically-mined gold is hot in Europe! Since demand far outstrips supply, we have been working on securing supply sources for N. America. Do you want to be part of the launch in the US? Let us know in the survey below.

TERMS:

FAIRTRADE (all caps and all one word) – The official label/mark for products certified by the Fair Labeling Organization (FLO), based out of Germany.

Fair Trade - The term Fair Trade defines a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers especially in developing countries. 2

Fairtrade - Fairtrade refers to all or any part of the activities of FLO eV, FLO-CERT, Fairtrade producer networks, Fairtrade labelling initiatives and Fairtrade marketing organizations. Fairtrade is used to denote the product certification system operated by Fairtrade International (FLO). 3

Fair Trade USA - Fair Trade USA is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. They are a member of the Fairtrade Labelling Organization International, and seek to inspire the rise of the Conscious Consumer and eliminate exploitation. 4

1: Viega, M. & Baker, R (2004) Protocols for Environmental and Health Assessment of Mercury released by small-scale gold miners. Vancouver: UNIDO

2: From the Fair Trade Glossary (PDF) created by Fairtrade International, FLO-CERT and World Fair Trade Organization
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3. Ibid.
4. http://www.transfairusa.org/about-fair-trade-usa

LEARN MORE:

Fair Trade International
http://www.fairtrade.net/what_is_fairtrade.html
Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold - U.K.
http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/gold/
Fair Trade USA
http://www.transfairusa.org/
Alliance for Responsible Mining
http://www.communitymining.org/
Artisanal Gold Council
http://www.artisanalgold.org/

ACCESS SURVEY NOW (Survey will no longer be available after Sept. 5, 2011)