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24 November 2014

Enough Project working with Tiffany, Signet Sterling & other leading jewellers to source gold from conflict-free mines in central Africa

[video refers to Macy's, Tiffany, Kay (part of Signet), Zales (part of Signet)]

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1 January 2013

[PDF] What's Needed: An Overview of Multi-Stakeholder and Industry Activities to Achieve Conflict-Free Minerals

Author: Responsible Sourcing Network

[Refers to Advanced Micro Devices (ADM), AIM Metals & Alloys, Alpha, American Mitsuba, AngloGold Ashanti, Apple, Asahi Pretec, AT&T, AVX, Banro, Best Buy, Boeing, BorgWarner, Cartier (part of Richemont), Chrysler, Cisco, Dell, Deloitte, Delphi,...

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14 February 2011

Fairtrade hallmark sets the gold standard

Author: Kate Carter, Guardian [UK]

[T]he world's first Fairtrade and Fairmined hallmark for gold is launched in the UK. This will ensure customers buying jewellery can, for the first time, know exactly where it came from. Like other hallmarks, this mark will be a physical stamp, and...

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10 February 2011

[PDF] Business & human rights in Anglophone Africa – A round-up of recent developments

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

This briefing highlights reports from a range of sources about how businesses have impacted human rights, positively and negatively, in Anglophone Africa over the past year... [Headings:] Examples of the “resource curse” ...HIV/AIDS and TB...Dams:...

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23 March 2010

Statement of policy on diamonds from Zimbabwe’s Marange region, linked to human rights abuses

Author: Cartier

Respecting human rights in our operations and throughout our entire supply chain is at the core of Cartier’s [part of Richemont] Corporate Responsibility Policy...we have always made clear our unequivocal commitment to the eradication of conflict...

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10 February 2010

[PDF] Tarnished Gold: Assessing the jewelry industry’s progress on ethical sourcing of metals

Author: Earthworks

This report is an evaluation of the efforts made by jewelers towards responsible sourcing of precious metals. It is based on responses to a survey sent to the jewelers that had signed on to the Golden Rules by mid-February 2009 and to other large...

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14 September 2009

Political correctness: Cartier provides a new gold standard

Author: Nicola Copping, FT

The ethical practices that the diamond industry has been obliged to apply are steadily being extended to the gold industry...In July [Cartier (part of Richemont)] announced that it had started sourcing gold from a new mining operation in Honduras,...

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17 November 2008

Burmese ruby ban likely to be undermined

Author: Raphael Minder, Financial Times

In theory, the [US] ban [on Burmese rubies]...should have a significant impact on the trade in gemstones, particularly rubies, since Burma is the world’s largest producer. In practice, however, some jewellers and traders see Washington’s clampdown as...

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1 July 2008

Burma’s Gem Trade and Human Rights Abuses

Author: Human Rights Watch

Burma produces a variety of gems but is most famous for its rubies and jade... In addition, Burma produces and exports a variety of other precious and semi-precious stones, including sapphires and spinel... [The] beauty of Burmese gems is marred by...

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19 March 2008

Thailand’s Business Plan for Burma

Author: Wai Moe, Irrawaddy

Thailand’s main information technology and service company, Loxley...plans to launch the first convenience store in Burma in partnership with one of the Burmese junta’s cronies, Dagon Win Aung, according to a report in the Bangkok Post...A recent.....

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