Fair Trade Gold and Precious Metals

There are several organizations that work with artisanal and small-scale miners to assure they make a fair living and customers know their gold and silver purchase is not coming with large social and environmental costs. See the following websites for more information:
Fairtrade Gold and Precious Metals: works with two South American groups and several groups moving toward certification in Africa.
Fairtrade International’s Gold program page includes more information on standards, including minimizing use of chemicals, for which miners receive a 15% premium; associated with Fairtrade Gold and Precious Metals (above).
FairMined: A program of the Alliance for Responsible Mining.  Their website appears oriented toward helping jewelers obtain and market fair trade gold.

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