The e-platform will offer a free short course aimed at those responsible for selling gold jewellery. It aims to support sales staff to talk confidently about Fairtrade Gold with their clients – telling the story, tackling the difficult questions, and helping them make a positive choice. It is suitable for anyone working in the jewellery supply chain, with a particular focus on the retail environment. The course will also be a valuable resource for people studying jewellery design and manufacture.
The course will offer jewellers the opportunity to become a sales ambassador for Fairtrade Gold in their business. Students will learn about the difference Fairtrade makes to gold miners and their communities, and how to encourage consumers to choose Fairtrade Gold.
Victoria Waugh, Gold Product Manager, Fairtrade Foundation: “We are delighted to be sharing our new e-learning platform at Flux in 2017. The course we have developed will support jewellers and manufacturers to confidently sell Fairtrade Gold – raising awareness of the benefits and driving sales of this special metal. As demand for Fairtrade Gold grows, we encourage brand and store owners to take advantage of this free course by asking their sales teams to complete it, which will ensure they can respond to their customers professionally.’
The course will have five modules with a short quiz to pass at the end of each module. At the end of the course participants will be awarded with a certificate recognising that they have successfully completed the Fairtrade Foundation’s online sales training for jewellery professionals working with Fairtrade gold.
The course includes the following modules:
- Where gold comes from: Learn where the gold in your business comes from, how it is mined and the impact on people and planet.
- Fairtrade Gold explained: Understand where Fairtrade Gold comes from, how miners become Fairtrade certified and why all gold isn’t currently Fairtrade.
- The benefits of Fairtrade: Miners in Peru and East Africa are already benefiting from Fairtrade. Learn how, and hear some inspirational stories from Fairtrade Gold miners.
- Fairtrade Gold in your jewellery: Understand how Fairtrade Gold is crafted into your jewellery and how the Fairtrade Gold Stamp is applied.
- Selling Fairtrade Gold: Whether you already stock a range of Fairtrade Gold jewellery, or plan to offer Fairtrade Gold, your customers are likely to ask you about it. This module looks at all you need to know.
The first 20 participants to complete the course will be acknowledged as the first ‘Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassadors’, would you like to be one of them? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
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The international Fairtrade system exists to end poverty through trade. The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent certification body and NGO which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on more than 5,000 products which meet its rigorous social, economic and environmental standards. This independent label signifies to consumers that farmers and workers across 75 developing countries are getting a better deal from trade.
Today, more than 1.6 million people who work hard to produce coffee, tea, cocoa, bananas, wines, flowers, cotton, gold and many other products benefit from Fairtrade, which campaigns for as well as enables a fairer system of global trade.
In 2016, UK retail sales of Fairtrade certified products exceeded £1.65 billion. Volume growth also increased, meaning that an estimated financial premium totalling around £30 million will go to farmers and producers across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean to allow them to continue delivering improvements for themselves and their communities.
Beyond certification, the Fairtrade Foundation is deepening its impact by delivering specialist programmes to help disadvantaged communities boost productivity in the face of challenges such as climate change.