by Anna Galandzij for the Fairtrade Foundation
Gold. A symbol of love, right? Look behind the glitz, and the reality is not so glamorous. Fairtrade works to change this by bringing miners and jewellers together to regulate the industry.
You too can be part of the change. Join a Twitter chat with Liz Earle MBE, beauty guru and jeweller, and Roger Arcos Ponte, miner from Fairtrade-certified MACDESA gold mine in Peru, on Thursday 6 October, at 9:30am BST. Post your questions and thoughts using the hashtag #FTchats.
The Q&A is a part of a national campaign which asks Fairtrade campaigners to encourage jewellers on their high street to sell Fairtrade Gold.
Why does it matter?
Globally, 90% of gold miners are small-scale – they are unregulated, often working in dangerous conditions, with little or no health and safety measures in place. And exploitation, child labour, and lack of traceability further tarnish the industry’s reputation.
Since 2011, the Fairtrade Foundation has been working with small scale miners in Peru, and recently in Africa, to introduce robust standards that address these challenges, whilst linking them with jewellery makers and retailers in the UK, to drive demand. More than 250 jewellers have so far registered to work with Fairtrade Gold in the UK, whilst Argos has recently become the first high street retailer to sell wedding rings bearing the FAIRTRADE mark.
About Liz Earle MBE
It seems that there is nothing the beauty and wellbeing expert, author and entrepreneur can’t achieve. Liz Earle co-founded the eponymous Liz Earle Beauty Co. in 1995 that grew into one of Britain’s biggest beauty brands. An author of over 30 books and ambassador to many charities, Liz has also recently published a best-selling magazine, Liz Earle Wellbeing. In 2015, she launched her own ‘Fair and Fine’ range of Fairtrade jewellery. The botanically inspired jewellery collection won Emerging Designer and Ethical Jewellery awards in Professional Jeweller‘s Collections of the Year 2015, Best Jewellery Collection 2016 at CMJ’s trade show, and the award-winning collection is available to purchase from Cred Jewellery.
About Roger Arcos Ponte
Roger is a gold miner for MACDESA gold mine that has been Fairtrade-certified since 2015. Located 600km south of Lima in Peru, it consists of nearly 300 artisanal small scale miners who produce 25kg of metal every month. Alongside them there are 60 women who work at the site sorting through the tail end of the hard rock in search of gold hidden within them. For miners like Roger and his community, gold is a lifeline. Yet only through sales of their gold on Fairtrade terms, the miners can reap the full reward of their hard work.
Roger will meet with campaigners and jewellery businesses during his visit to the UK this autumn.
Join in to chat and post questions by adding the hashtag #FTchats in your posts. We'll get the chat going with some discussion points but bring your own questions too!
Let your followers know about this. If we start encouraging jewellers to use Fairtrade gold, the industry will soon be forced to embrace the growing demand.
Not at your desk at 9:30am? – don’t worry. You can post your questions before the Q&A using the #FTchats hashtag.
Join Twitter chat with Liz Earle MBE, wellbeing guru and Fairtrade jewellery designer, and Roger Arcos, Fairtrade gold miner
Thursday 6 October, 9:30AM BST
#FTchats via @FairtradeUK
There’s a prize too!
We have a prize up for grabs for the lucky #FTchats participant - Liz’s latest best-selling book SKIN and the latest edition of Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine.
If you need more information, tweet us @FairtradeUkNews.