Doing Good: Sourcing Metals and Gemstones Responsibly

social responsibility imageIncreasingly, consumers want to know the origins of the metals and gems in the jewelry they buy, and to be sure that those materials were mined in an ethical, responsible way. This panel, conducted at the MJSA Expo on Monday, March 13, 2017, reviewed the industry’s efforts to create chain-of-custody standards, as well as outline the questions you need to ask when sourcing materials.

Moderated by Andrea Hill, Hill Management Group, Chicago (hill-management.com). Andrea is an consultant to the jewelry industry, one of the few independent consultants who has expertise in the entire vertical, from mining to the consumer.

The panelists for this session included: Peter Calvert, Ethical Metalsmiths, Andes, New York (ethicalmetalsmiths.org); Mark Hanna, The Richline Group, New York City (richlinegroup.com); Larry Bock, Hoover & Strong, North Chesterfield, Virginia (hooverandstrong.com); Toby Pomeroy, TOBY POMEROY, Corvallis, Oregon (tobypomeroy.com).


 

Responsible Sourcing Resources

About Ethical Metalsmiths

About Ethical Metalsmiths

In 2004, long before sustainability was a hot-button topic for most of the jewelry industry, Ethical Metalsmiths was formed. Their mission is to lead jewelers and consumers in becoming informed activists for responsible mining, sustainable economic development and verified, ethical sources of materials used in making jewelry.

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Jewelry Industry Summit

Jewelry Industry Summit

Though a number of jewelry industry responsible sourcing programs exist, there's never been an industry-wide consensus on what constitutes a vision ALL stakeholders can support. Through organized participatory Summits and active year-round work by dedicated volunteers, this initiative strives to encourage and facilitate meaningful, solution driven activities that continue to advance sustainability and responsible sourcing in the jewelry industry.

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Richline's Social Responsibility Statement

Richline's Social Responsibility Statement

The best way to go on a diet is to announce it. Then, even if everybody isn't actually watching what you eat, you feel like they're watching what you eat, and you self-police. Something similar happens when you post a social responsibility page on your website. It helps you hold your own feet to the fire - and when all of us do that, good things will happen. Richline has an excellent social responsibility statement on their website. Here's a link to check it out.

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Accessing Responsible Metals

Accessing Responsible Metals

For small producers, maintaining a responsible supply chain can be particularly challenging. Hoover & Strong has created several different offerings to suit the requirements of responsible jewelry makers.

Harmony Recycled Metals Fairmined Gold

Consumer Education Site


Standards Groups and Lists

Standards Groups and Lists

There are many standards organizations, each with slightly different purposes and areas of impact. While that can be confusing, consider this: If each of us aligned with - and financially supported - just one standards organization, we could make a serious impact on improving the lives of millions and the quality of sourcing for jewelers. Mark Hanna (Richline) has provided the group with these lists of standards organizations.

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Alliance for Responsible Mining

Alliance for Responsible Mining

The Alliance for Responsible Mining focuses on these strategic efforts:
  • Setting Standards
  • Supporting Miners and Mining Communities
  • Responsible Supply chains
  • Policy and Market Frameworks
  • Training and Consultancy
Learn more about ARM and its initiatives at the ARM Website.

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Fairtrade Foundation

Fairtrade Foundation

The Fairtrade Foundation was created to end exploitation of workers around the globe. It's about better prices, decent working conditions, and fair terms of trade for farmers, miners, and workers. A global movement with a very active presence in Europe, it currently serves over 1.65 million farmers and workers in 1,226 producer organizations around the world.

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Explanation of Block Chain

Thanks to Mark Hanna for sharing this video with us!

Let's Eliminate Mercury in the Mining Process - Forever.

Let's Eliminate Mercury in the Mining Process - Forever.

Global mercury pollution is one of the greatest threats society faces today, potentially affecting every community in every part of our world as mercury never breaks down to a non-toxic state. Methylmercury is a highly potent neurotoxin that impacts the function and development of the central and peripheral nervous systems in both people and wildlife. This HeroX mercury replacement challenge is offering a $300,000 prize to the team or individual that discovers an environmentally friendly, affordable means of separating crushed, finely divided gold from its ore. This new material must be environmentally safe, cost less than mercury, be readily available and acceptable to artisanal miners, be easily transportable to remote locations, have fewer restrictions than mercury and be equally or more effective than the ages-old mercury/gold amalgamation process.

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Fairmined

Fairmined

Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations who meet world leading standards for responsible practices. It is one of several assurance programs that exist to provide greater transparency to the gold supply chain.

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Fairmined? Fairtrade? What's the Difference?

Fairmined? Fairtrade? What's the Difference?

If you're confused about the difference between "Fairmined" and "Fairtrade," you're not alone. Here's a simple explanation that offers links to the two organizations' websites, and a clarification on one of the biggest areas of argument about which organization pays miners more (hint: they're pretty much the same, but have different formulas).

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