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UK: Certification scheme for fairtrade & fairmined gold is launched, mixed response from jewellers

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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 each piece will be fully traceable and come with its own certification…[I]t already has the support of some influential players in the industry, including...the creative director at the world's oldest jewellery firm, Garrard...The response from Signet, the company behind H Samuel and Ernest Jones, has been more cautious…Most jewellers make a nod to the social and environmental issues around gold - Cartier [part of Richemont] and Tiffany…are supporting members of the No Dirty Gold campaign - but without traceability in the supply chain…[also refers to Cred Jewellery]

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11 February 2011

Colombia: first ever Fairtraide and Fairmined Ecological Gold from Condoto, Oro Verde! [includes video]

Author: Alliance for Responsible Mining

[T]he Condoto Iró Community Council from the Oro Verde (Green Gold) initiative, were issued their Fairtrade and Fairmined certificate for Ecological Gold. 90 family productive units extract gold using ancestral artisanal mining techniques that ensure a sustainable use of the natural resources of their home – Chocó Bioregion, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth. No toxic chemicals are used in the mining and strict ecological restoration practices are observed. Oro Verde is a part of the organizational process of ethnic Afro-Colombian communities, aiming at the preservation of their ancestral knowledge and cultural identity...Jorge Perea, community leader of Oro Verde in Condoto...‘We consider Fairtrade and Fairmined certification meets the needs of miners seeking to improve their quality of life and strengthen our identity as an ethnic group…

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Author: IIAP (Instituto de Investigaciones Ambientales del Pacífico) [Colombia]

Documental...muestra de manera sintética, las consideraciones metodológicas, los alcances, las percepciones de la comunidad, y las pretensiones del programa Oro Verde, proyecto que se desarrolla en el Chocó...en los territorios colectivos de las comunidades negras de Condoto y Alto San Juan-Tadó. Esta iniciativa promueve la minería responsable en perspectiva del desarrollo comunitario, la reivindicación de derechos étnicos, humanitarios y ambientales, la presencia y resistencia de los pueblos afros en sus territorios, la convivencia en paz y en armonía con la naturaleza en las áreas mineras potenciales del Chocó…Esta iniciativa es impulsada por la Corporación Oro Verde, que se integra por Fundación Amigos del Chocó, Fundación Las Mojarras, ASOCASAN, COCOMACOIRO; quienes han contado con el apoyo permanente del IIAP

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