CAFOD calls on Argos, Goldsmiths to sign 12 "Golden Rules" to reduce harmful social & environmental impacts of gold mining

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Company non-response
7 November 2007

Goldsmiths did not respond to: CAFOD calls on Goldsmiths to sign 12 "Golden Rules" to reduce harmful social & environmental impacts of gold mining.

Company response
28 June 2007

[PDF] Argos response to CAFOD's statement, "Argos & Goldsmiths are missing links"

Author: Argos

As the biggest jewellery retailer in the UK it is vital that we play a part inensuring that all gold we source is mined without damage to the environment and to the communities living near the mines and we have made it clear to CAFOD that we broadly support their aims. However, we are not prepared to sign up to a guarantee that we are unable to substantiate and we note that CAFOD itself acknowledges that it is difficult for jewellers to say with confidence how the gold in their products is mined.

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Article
27 June 2007

Argos & Goldsmiths are missing links

Author: CAFOD

CAFOD is urging its supporters to take action now against Argos (part of Home Retail Group) and Goldsmiths as they are falling behind other jewellers in their response to the Unearth Justice campaign. The campaign, to reduce the harm caused by gold mining, has received the backing of other jewellers Beaverbrooks, F.Hinds and Fraser Hart, who have signed up to the 12 "Golden Rules" promising to clean up the gold industry. However, despite one year of campaigning, the companies Argos and Goldsmiths are still yet to sign up. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Argos and Goldsmiths to respond to the allegations. Argos response can be found below; Goldsmiths declined to respond]

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