Fairtrade Gold

Pure gold direct from artisanal and small scale miners

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Fairtrade Gold

Pure gold direct from artisanal and small scale miners

Why Fairtrade Gold?

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Fairtrade Gold is sourced exclusively from small-scale mines which meet the Fairtrade Gold Standard; an internationally recognised marker of best-practice for workers’ rights and environmental protection.

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. 

Fairtrade certification aims at banning all forms of conflict minerals from the gold supply chain, so that the gold trade does not fuel instability and conflict in mining areas. At the same time, Fairtrade supports artisanal and small scale miner cooperatives to acquire legal status for their operations and enables miners to act collectively against any form of discrimination.

Occupational safety is another concern: small-scale mining tends to involve work in dark, narrow tunnels with poor ventilation. The use of dynamite to crack gold-containing rocks, as well as toxic chemicals like mercury and cyanide to refine gold, further exacerbate the dangerous working conditions. We work with cooperatives to reduce the amount of chemicals needed in gold extraction, to raise awareness for health and safety risks, and to ensure that proper safety equipment and policies are in place.

Beyond supporting in addressing these challenges, Fairtrade focuses on improving the livelihoods of small-scale gold producers.

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.

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Where to buy

Buying Fairtrade Gold jewellery means 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.

A wide range of designer-makers, jewellers and banks are working with Fairtrade Gold today. You can buy Fairtrade Gold from jewellery brands in UK as well as in Switzerland.

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For Jewellers

If you are a jeweller, there are three main ways you can work with Fairtrade gold.

If you are a designer-maker looking to use Fairtrade gold in your workshop, you can sign up to our Goldsmiths Registration Scheme. This scheme is free to join and enables you to buy Fairtrade gold directly from approved suppliers.

If you outsource production of your jewellery to a third-party manufacturer, our licensee scheme may be for you. This route includes an audit process and provides full traceability throughout the supply chain. Your business is licensed to use the Fairtrade Mark on marketing materials and/or to have the Fairtrade Mark assayed onto finished pieces of jewellery.

If you would like to make large sourcing commitment at a group-level, our Gold Sourcing Programme may be for you. This scheme enables your business to make Fairtrade gold sourcing claims at an organisational level, rather than at the level of individual finished pieces of jewellery.

For a more in-depth overview of these options, please click here.