By choosing Fairtrade Gold you are supporting small-scale miners to receive a fair deal for their hard work, as well as protecting the environment and making life better for themselves and their communities. All gold is sourced from mine sites which meet the Fairtrade Gold Standard; a globally recognised marker of best
90% of gold miners work in Artisanal and Small-scale Mines (ASM). An estimated 100 million people worldwide rely on small-scale mining to support their families and communities, the second largest workforce to agriculture.
These gold mines can be hazardous places, with miners working in structurally insecure pits, without protective gear and using harmful chemicals such as mercury to recover gold, which can contribute to health problems and contaminate local water supplies.
The Fairtrade Gold Standard includes strict requirements on working conditions, health and safety, handling chemicals, women’s rights, child labour and protection of the environment including water sources and forests.
Workers in Fairtrade certified gold mines receive a guaranteed Fairtrade Minimum Price for their product. Fairtrade certified mines are audited by FLOCERT to check they meet the Standard.
We offer the choice of recycled gold, which means no newly mined material is used. By comparison, if you decide on Fairtrade gold you are supporting an economy which many people rely on, but with the assurance that it is ethically and sustainably mined.