Thursday 18 June 2015
Jeweller Pippa Small MBE has won the Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year category at the 2015 Retail Jeweller UK Jewellery Awards last night.
Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year is a new award sponsored by the Fairtrade Foundation. It recognises the UK jewellery business that has been most successful in addressing its environmental and social impact throughout the year.
With a belief that fine jewellery can alleviate poverty and transform lives, Pippa Small has worked with charities and artisans from all over the world, and has recently collaborated with Monsoon to support jewellery makers and gem cutters from Afghanistan in making jewellery for the UK market.
Pippa Small specialises in Fairtrade gold and has designed a collection of wedding rings in support of the Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘I Do’ campaign, launched earlier this year to encourage UK couples to choose Fairtrade wedding and engagement rings. In November she visited Uganda and met smallscale artisanal gold miners who are currently working towards Fairtrade certification.
Victoria Waugh, Global Business Development Manager for Gold at the Fairtrade Foundation said: “We would like to offer our congratulations to Pippa Small. The pioneering jewellers choosing to work with Fairtrade gold are proving that responsible sourcing can be good for business and can support gold miners to build a better future for themselves, their families and communities.”
For more information about Fairtrade gold, visit http://www.fairgold.org
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Notes to Editors
- The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. This independent consumer label appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade. Today, more than 1.5 million people – farmers and workers – across more than 74 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.
- Over 5,000 products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK including coffee, tea, herbal teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, grapes, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, apples, pears, plums, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, satsumas, clementines, mandarins, lychees, dried fruit, juices, smoothies, biscuits, cakes & snacks, honey, jams & preserves, chutney, rice, quinoa, herbs & spices, seeds, nuts, wines, ales, rum, confectionery, muesli, cereal bars, ice-cream, flowers, sports balls, sugar body scrub and cotton products including clothing, homeware, cotton wool, olive oil, gold, silver and platinum.
- Awareness of the FAIRTRADE Mark continues to be high in 2014, at a level of 78%. Estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products in 2013 exceeded £1.7 billion, a 12% increase on sales of £1.53 billion in 2012.