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Purity of Fairtrade Gold at Risk - Greg Valerio
I am writing to all the subscribers of my blog to ask them to download and sign (see bottom of blog post for link) an open letter from Ethical Metalsmiths and Fair Jewellery Action in support of the purity of the Fairtrade Fairmined chain of custody on the gold from certified mines. Currently the Alliance for Responsible Mining and Responsible Jewellery Council are moving towards a partnership that MAY lead to the mass-balancing of certified Fairtrade Gold to RJC members (refiners, jewellery brands etc). Mass balancing is endemic in the gold industry, a process where by you can mix different sources of gold so that the origin of that gold becomes lost. Currently this practice is not permitted within the spirit of the Fairtrade Fairmined standard. The strength of the Fairtrade Fairmined Gold standard has been its purity from source, the excellent standards created by ARM and FLO and minimum price and premium paid to the miners to secure community development. In just one year SOTRAMI, one of the Peruvian certified mines received in excess of £70000 in FT premiums that has gone to education and the creation of a community co-operative store. The system is working, albeit still small, …