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World's 1st Certified Fairtrade Fairmined gold mine. - Greg Valerio
Well it is now official, the world has it very first Fairtrade Fairmined gold mine in Bolivia. This week saw the final sign off by FLO -CERT the 1/3rd party auditor in charge of certifying Cotapata in the mountains of Bolivia. as Fairtrade. This represents a monumental moment in the world of gold mining and responsible jewellery. The work between Fairtrade Labeling Organisation and Alliance for Responsible Mining has finally proved that a certifiable, traceable and transparent gold supply chain from small scale miners to the end consumer is possible. It is my belief that this is the first ‘pebble’ that will start an eventual avalanche of opportunities for the marginalised miners in our world. With the logical conclusion being the emergence of a new class of mining sector, namely the Responsible Artisanal Community Based Organisation (RACBO). RACBO’s will be able to be as organised, efficient, articulate, as their larger cousins in the large scale mining sector, but will by default drive more ultimate benefit to the communities and countries they live in. Also with their direct link through the fairtrade labeling scheme with the consumer and the jeweller they will have a dedicated route to market for their product. …