Jewellers offering Fairtrade gold recognised at the 2016 UK Jewellery Awards

Jewellers and partners working with Fairtrade gold performed very well at last night’s 2016 UK Jewellery Awards, the premier event of the jewellery industry sponsored by Clogau.

Winners included:

• Hockley Mint - Bridal Collection of the Year

• Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery- Bridal Jewellery Retailer of the Year

• Arctic Circle -  Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year

• The Assay Office Birmingham – Employer of the Year

Victoria Waugh, Gold Product Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation said: “These awards recognize excellence within the jewellery industry and are an opportunity to celebrate the amazing creativity and achievements of all those people who are working hard to make the world a better place.

“Offering Fairtrade gold to customers means more for miners, their families and their future. It also demonstrates a jeweller’s values and commitment to responsible sourcing. Good ethics are about making good decisions, and good decisions are good for business. It's great to see such determination and amazing creativity amongst those jewellers who strive to do the right thing.”

Fairtrade Gold is produced fairly and transparently. Buying jewellery made with Fairtrade Gold makes a difference to the miners, their families and their communities. The support of the jewellery industry can provide them with the chance to be paid a fair price, better working conditions, build their futures by investing in social projects such as new schools and healthcare, and make their own way to prosperity.

There are currently 16 million small scale gold miners and further 100 million people who indirectly rely on small scale mining for a living – miners, their families and their communities. Small scale mining is one of the most dangerous industries in the world, and miners often work in very remote and harsh conditions with little or no health and safety measures in place. Fairtrade Gold offers a lifeline to these miners, their families and communities. Fairtrade gives strict standards on working conditions, women’s rights, child labour and environment management; in return miners gain access to markets and receive the Fairtrade Premium – the extra sum they receive to develop their businesses and invest into their communities.

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