Becoming a Fairtrade Gold Licensee
It’s currently Fairtrade fortnight which I like to mark annually to show my continual support for global Fairtrade growers and workers. It’s a time of year we can encourage, support and strengthen the Fairtrade community further by purchasing items that display the Fairtrade logo.
WHAT IS FAIRTRADE?
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers around the world.
By requiring companies to pay fair sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.
There are over 6,000 Fairtrade products from coffee and tea to flowers and gold, so when you shop, look for the Fairtrade Mark.
Tanzanian female Fairtrade gold miners breaking up ore
It is estimated that there are around 16 million small scale artisanal miners that are currently working in dangerous conditions around the world to provide gold which may then end up on our high streets. These miners are the ones who are exploited, forced to work in structurally insecure pits, without protective gear. Harmful chemicals such as mercury are used to recover gold, which also contribute to health problems and contaminate local water supplies. Small scale mining is a harsh and precarious way to earn a livelihood that often leaves miners living in poverty.
By taking the time to seek out a Fairtrade Gold jewellery purchase, you are supporting small-scale artisinal miners, helping them to receive a fair deal for their hard work, as well as protecting the environment.
As a Fairtrade registered goldsmith since 2015, I am honoured to be able to work with beautiful Fairtrade certified gold which has been mined by small scale artisanal miners from Peru and Colombia in South America.
Male Fairtrade gold miners at Minera Limata co-operative in Peru
“Workers in Fairtrade certified gold mines receive a guaranteed Fairtrade Minimum Price for their gold, alongside an additional premium to spend on improving their businesses or on community projects, such as education, clean water and healthcare”.
– Fairtrade Foundation
THE NEXT STEPS FOR ME…
2020 marks the beginning of a new journey for me and my business. This year I intend on becoming a Fairtrade Licensee to further my commitment to working with and selling precious metal which has been Fairtrade certified.
Becoming an Licensee means I not only work with Fairtrade materials but it also means I am able to offer you complete transparency of where your piece of jewellery has originated from through a strict auditing process with FloCert. This will result in your piece of Fairtrade gold jewellery being hallmarked with the Fairtrade logo.
Being able to add this Fairtrade logo to my work will offer reassurance to me as a business owner, knowing that I am giving back to those who have provided me with the materials, but it also means I can confidently pass on my finished jewellery to you knowing it has the stamp of Fairtrade approval.
A transparent supply chain, from source to consumer means so much to me. It has become the foundation of my business helping me to achieve my Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) for people and planet, particularly in this case Goal No.12.
Example logo hallmark from www.fairtrade.org.uk
Do you remember when years ago Organic produce started to make an appearance in our supermarkets? At first it was incredibly limited and hard to find, however enough of us bought into Organic and it became normality, meaning we now have a huge range of products available, from cauliflowers to coffee.
Buying Fairtrade is the same, the more we buy the more it will become the normal standard required by companies because as consumers we demanded it.
The amount of Fairtrade Licensed Jewellers is still incredibly small, but thankfully demand is growing. Previously there was only access to Fairtrade Yellow Gold, however as more customers are becoming aware of the Fairtrade options available, White Gold and Rose Gold has now become a Fairtrade option as well.
As soon as this was available, I gladly incorporated Rose gold into designs which are now beginning to frequent my site, like these NEW hand embossed Fairtrade 9ct Rose Gold Leaf Studs pictured below…
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
- Join me in celebrating Fairtrade over the next two weeks (24th Feb – 8th March 2020) by spreading the word and getting involved with other Fairtrade initiatives via the Fairtrade Foundation.
- Share my Blog with those around you as so many people know about Fairtrade and yet do not realise this also applies to the jewellery industry. Let them know that there are ethical options available.
- Are you engaged and getting married and looking to buy or make your wedding bands? Why not get in touch and we can discuss your options to incorporate Fairtrade materials into your wedding bands.
I would like to finish on a big thank you to all those who have bought jewellery from me and other Fairtrade Jewellers, it is because of you I am able to make a difference. Your continual support is what has driven me to register to become a Licensee this year and I can’t wait to share the good news with you once I have succeeded!