Gold

SAMA: Fairtrade gold from Uganda

In the remote district of Busia in western Uganda, more than 600 farmers are trying to supplement their meagre incomes through gold mining. They work hard in the mining galleries dug by the farmers themselves and earn very little because they are subject to unscrupulous brokers. Moreover, this activity is very polluting. With the support of the TDC, SAMA, an organisation of miners, has been able to improve its management, develop more sustainable (mercury-free) production techniques and improve its access to the market.

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Fairmined: a label entirely dedicated to fair trade gold

The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) is a global initiative born in Colombia in 2004 with the aim of empowering artisanal and small-scale miners and their organisations. ARM’s fair trade standard, Fairmined, incorporates four main categories of criteria that mining organisations must meet. These relate to issues of social development, economic development, environmental protection and respect for working conditions.

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Fair Trade Gold seeks customer

In countries such as the UK and the Netherlands, the awareness of fair trade gold is already well established, so some celebrities have started to display their fair trade jewellery. In Belgium, the progress is slower: you will only find 16 goldsmiths and jewellery designers working with Fairtrade or Fairmined certified materials.

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Ana Edelsmid: Fair Trade Gold Jewellery

Located in the heart of the wooded environment of Heusden-Zolder, Ana Kindermans designs in her workshop jewellery made of fair trade gold. Ana is a pioneer: she is the first Belgian designer to have opted for fair trade gold.

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The difficult search for fair trade gold

The production of one single golden ring generates 20 tonnes of highly toxic waste and requires 50,000 litres of water. These numbers are impressive. Also, mining companies are seldom champions in respecting the local populations. The sector tries to redeem its negative image with standards and codes while NGOs work with cooperatives of artisanal miners towards producing fair trade gold
The first fair trade jewels were sold in 2011, but there are still many obstacles to overcome before miners will actually enjoy a better – golden? – future.

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Sustainable tourism and pleasure

With a turnover of 500 billion dollars and 250 million employees, tourism is one of the main economic activities globally. However, revenue from the tourist business is often distributed unfairly and the environment is under pressure because of tourism. Does ‘sustainable tourism’ offer an alternative? And how can the triple P of sustainable development (people, planet, profit) be reconciled with the P of pleasure?

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European and Belgian market for (sustainable) gold

This report explores the market for gold and gold jewellery in the EU and more specifically in Belgium. As sustainable gold is a relatively new concept, and is still small-scale business compared to the overall gold industry, clear-cut information on the demand-side is still very limited. Therefore this report focuses on the total gold jewellery market, but also pays attention to the Fair Trade market when possible.

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SAMA: Fairtrade gold from Uganda

In the remote district of Busia in western Uganda, more than 600 farmers are trying to supplement their meagre incomes through gold mining. They work hard in the mining galleries dug by the farmers themselves and earn very little because they are subject to unscrupulous brokers. Moreover, this activity is very polluting. With the support of the TDC, SAMA, an organisation of miners, has been able to improve its management, develop more sustainable (mercury-free) production techniques and improve its access to the market.

Read more »

Fairmined: a label entirely dedicated to fair trade gold

The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) is a global initiative born in Colombia in 2004 with the aim of empowering artisanal and small-scale miners and their organisations. ARM’s fair trade standard, Fairmined, incorporates four main categories of criteria that mining organisations must meet. These relate to issues of social development, economic development, environmental protection and respect for working conditions.

Read more »

Fair Trade Gold seeks customer

In countries such as the UK and the Netherlands, the awareness of fair trade gold is already well established, so some celebrities have started to display their fair trade jewellery. In Belgium, the progress is slower: you will only find 16 goldsmiths and jewellery designers working with Fairtrade or Fairmined certified materials.

Read more »

Ana Edelsmid: Fair Trade Gold Jewellery

Located in the heart of the wooded environment of Heusden-Zolder, Ana Kindermans designs in her workshop jewellery made of fair trade gold. Ana is a pioneer: she is the first Belgian designer to have opted for fair trade gold.

Read more »

The difficult search for fair trade gold

The production of one single golden ring generates 20 tonnes of highly toxic waste and requires 50,000 litres of water. These numbers are impressive. Also, mining companies are seldom champions in respecting the local populations. The sector tries to redeem its negative image with standards and codes while NGOs work with cooperatives of artisanal miners towards producing fair trade gold
The first fair trade jewels were sold in 2011, but there are still many obstacles to overcome before miners will actually enjoy a better – golden? – future.

Read more »

Sustainable tourism and pleasure

With a turnover of 500 billion dollars and 250 million employees, tourism is one of the main economic activities globally. However, revenue from the tourist business is often distributed unfairly and the environment is under pressure because of tourism. Does ‘sustainable tourism’ offer an alternative? And how can the triple P of sustainable development (people, planet, profit) be reconciled with the P of pleasure?

Read more »

European and Belgian market for (sustainable) gold

This report explores the market for gold and gold jewellery in the EU and more specifically in Belgium. As sustainable gold is a relatively new concept, and is still small-scale business compared to the overall gold industry, clear-cut information on the demand-side is still very limited. Therefore this report focuses on the total gold jewellery market, but also pays attention to the Fair Trade market when possible.

Read more »

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