WHAT IS FAIRTRADE GOLD?
All Ethical Gold products are manufactured by Hockley Mint using Fairtrade gold. Fairtrade Gold is sourced ethically and sustainably. Miners are paid fair wages. We collaborate with the miners and their community, to facilitate the changes they want; such as improvements to local infrastructure, schools and health care. Although artisinal (small-scale) mines only produce 10% of the worlds gold, they make up 90% of the labour force. Fairtrade gold is about providing a choice for customers. We want to be transparent about what we do, and how we do - from the mining process to manufacturing, here at Hockley Mint in the Jewellery Quarter.
WHY IS ETHICALLY SOURCED GOLD DIFFERENT?
All pit miners must be over the age of 18 and work cannot more 8 hours a day. A percentage of the profits are invested back into the mine and the local community. Miners have union representatives from different areas of the mine. These representatives work with the mine owner in order to make changes and improvements in the mine and local communities.
Methods are used in the mining process to eliminate the use of toxic chemicals such as mercury and cyanide which can have detrimental affects on the health of miners and the environment.
HOW DO fairtrade mines compare with other artisanal mines?