By Jesse Finfrock
In March, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) launched the first Fair Trade certification for gold, potentially revolutionizing metal industries stretching from mining to jewelry and opening up new market opportunities for millions of responsible small-scale miners.
The new Fair Trade certification standards are especially important as gold prices soar while artisanal miners only receive payment for a small fraction of the value of their work. Around the world, mining and refining practices continue to wreak havoc on human health and the natural world. In the worst cases, as recently highlighted by National Geographic and CBS’s 60 Minutes, gold mining can be brutal labor in toxic conditions that poison societies and environments alike.Click to continue reading »