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  • Title: | Promoting Human Rights and Environmental Justice in Jewelry
    Descriptive info: .. Promoting Human Rights and Environmental Justice in Jewelry.. Skip to content.. Home.. About FJA.. Introducing Greg and Marc.. Campaigns FJA supports.. Free Greenland Ruby Campaign.. Save Bristol Bay.. FJA endorsed Standards.. Fairtrade Fairmined Standard for Gold and Associated Precious Metals.. FJA member services and suppliers.. Artisan Manufacturers.. Jewelry Casting Houses.. Precious metal suppliers.. Refiners.. Traceable Diamonds.. Traceable Gemstones and Pearls.. FJA Members.. FJA Australia.. FJA Austria.. FJA Denmark.. FJA Japan.. FJA Sweden.. FJA UK.. FJA USA.. Jeweler Education Resources.. Key Reports and Documents.. Mining and Conflict Civil Society Reports.. Reports on gold and precious metals.. Reports on Jewelry in General.. Press info.. How to Join FJA.. FJA Media.. Older posts.. Leading Responsible Jewellery Council member Rio Tinto suppressing herdsman in Mongolia.. Posted on.. October 22, 2012.. by.. Greg Valerio.. |.. Leave a comment.. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.. Complaint Filed Against Destructive Olympic Medals Metal Mine Being Considered for World Bank Support.. Tokyo, Japan, October 12, 2012 – Today, a group of Mongolian herder households filed a complaint demanding just compensation for the impacts of Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine and its associated facilities (“OT Project”), located in the South Gobi desert.. The mine provided some of the metals for the medals in the London 2012 Olympics.. Despite the OT Project’s numerous problems, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) and Multilateral Insurance Guarantee Agency (“MIGA”) are considering a financing package of US$900 million in loans and up to US$1 billion in political risk insurance.. The herders’ representative Sukhgerel Dugersuren, Executive Director of the Mongolian organization OT Watch, personally delivered the herders’ complaint to Meg Taylor, the Vice President of the IFC and MIGA’s accountability mechanism, the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (“CAO”), at the World Bank’s Annual Meetings in Tokyo.. Mongolia’s nomadic herders, who have practiced their traditional lifestyle in the South Gobi desert for centuries, are finding their way of life threatened by the OT Project.. Herders forced to resettle because of the Project have experienced devastating herd loss.. “The herders were forced to move to inferior locations without adequate time to select spots that would protect their animals from harsh winter storms,” explains Sukhgerel.. “The minimal assistance provided at the time of resettlement was not sufficient.. Since being relocated, at least one household lost all of its animals, and several others had to purchase additional livestock to continue herding.. ”.. Herders identify themselves as indigenous to the area, with historical claim to traditional pasture rights and other protections; however, neither Rio Tinto nor the World Bank has recognized them as such.. “The herders were denied the right to free, prior and informed consent regarding the OT Project, a right guaranteed under the IFC’s policies on indigenous people,” states Jelson Garcia of the Bank Information Center.. “Although true free, prior and informed consent is no longer possible, considering that construction is nearly complete, the World Bank must recognize the herders’ rights and should not consider supporting the OT Project until herders are justly compensated for all of their livelihood and cultural losses.. Herders are currently being coerced into accepting low levels of compensation based on their location in proximity to the OT Project, rather than the size of pasture taken away from them.. According to Sukhgerel, “Rio Tinto is manipulating herders into signing biased and unfair compensation contracts, telling them that they are the only ones left yet to sign, that they will be left with nothing if they do not accept the terms as is, or even just pressuring them to sign without reading or understanding the contract.. The herders filing the complaint are concerned that the compensation being offered does not take into account the fact that safe and undisturbed access to sufficient water and high quality pasture is essential to maintaining their herding businesses, as well as their traditional culture and way of life.. “We do not need gold or money, but water and land to live,” declares L.. Battsengel, Director of the herder organization Gobi Soil, which herders formed to fight against the destruction of their way of life by large-scale mining projects and related infrastructure development.. “After many unsuccessful attempts to negotiate directly with Rio Tinto to secure just compensation for all livelihood and cultural losses, the herders have turned to the CAO for assistance,” explains Sarah Singh of Accountability Counsel.. “The herders hope that the  ...   As a result, there’s no guarantee that your favourite fair trade branded chocolate bars will actually contain any fair trade cocoa.. So is this misleading?.. Mixing cocoa beans in this way is allowed.. If a manufacturer buys 20% of its beans from Fairtrade farms, then it can label 20% of its products as such.. And there’s no question that the Fair Trade farmers are losing out – they receive all the money they are entitled to.. But the consumer is left with a system that is undeniably confusing.. There is no doubt that a mass balanced fairtrade gold, which has been opposed now by.. over a hundred and forty jewelers.. , would create the same type of confusion to the consumer.. Fairtrade gold, as a brand, must have traceability, transparency, and purity from mine to market.. Otherwise, the consumer facing brand is ruined.. Also note: “Fairtrade farms are losing out.. ” There’s a good chance Fairtrade mines will loose out as well.. The proposal put forward by ARM to mass balance was done without any prior consultation with their stakeholders.. This is unfortunate, as ARM has undermined their credibility considerably with the independent jeweler who once supportive their activities with passion.. But perhaps they are not so concerned with this because of their new relationship with the Responsible Jewellery Counsel.. At this point, the mass balance of gold also is a considerable reputational risk to the Fair Labeling Organization.. The grassroot jewelers passionate about ethical sourcing opposed to the mass balance scheme.. As an.. ethical jeweler myself.. , and someone who is deeply involved in working to bring ethical fair trade gold into the American market, I will say that, should the Fairtrade gold be mass balanced, we will consider other options outside of the FLO and ARM.. The jewelers who we are in context here strongly oppose the mass balance scheme as well.. Fair Jewellery Action.. Fair Trade Jewellery.. Fairtrade.. Fairtrade Fairmined Gold.. Fairtrade Gold.. Gold.. Alliance for Responsible Mining.. BBC.. Fairtrade Labeling Organisation.. responsible jewellery council.. Watchdog.. Search for:.. Recent Posts.. Two more jewellers stand against mass balancing/dilution in Fairtrade Gold.. Four more signatures to open letter standing for traceability in Fairtrade Gold supply chain.. Open letter to Alliance for Responsible Mining and Fairtrade Labeling Organisation.. Signed by 140 International jewellers.. 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  • Title: About FJA |
    Descriptive info: Fair Jewelry Action (FJA) is a Human Rights and Environmental Justice Network within the jewellery sector.. FJA promotes ethical and fair trade jewellery practices by advocating traceability and transparency in the jewellery supply chain.. FJA’s objective is to direct more of the wealth creation of the jewellery sector toward regenerating local economies in small-scale artisan producer communities, as well as supporting their cultural integrity and assuring environmental sustainability.. FJA’s activities focus on being a driving force and voice to consumers with the aim of making ethically and fairly traded jewellery the only moral choice.. FJA supports jewellers by connecting them with the source of their material and enabling them to see the social, environmental and market advantage of providing ethical products.. FJA does this through three action streams:.. 1) Education for jewelers and consumers.. 2) Campaigning for human rights and environmental justice in the jewelry supply chain.. 3) Support for small-scale miners to achieve Fairtrade certification.. Organization.. FJA was founded through the collaborative efforts of two activist jewelers, Greg Valerio (UK) and Marc Choyt (USA).. Fair Jewellery Action is a programme kindly facilitated by Christian Relief Education Development (CRED) a charity  ...   expand its mission and vision.. One Response to.. Lisa Healy.. |.. July 31, 2012 at 8:52 pm.. Reply.. Hi there,.. I m a third year Graphic Design student in NZ and am currently working on putting together a brief for a campaign to raise awareness of the social and environmental issues within the gold mining industry.. The main focus of the campaign will be to educate both consumers and jewellery designers/dealers of the importance of purchasing certified Fairtrade gold and strongly encouraging them to make the ethical choice.. I am just wondering if your organisation has any involvement with anyone in the Jewellery industry here? There seems to be very little info on where one can buy certified gold products in NZ.. I am really after info/statistics which highlight how much of an issue this is.. Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!.. Leave a Reply.. Cancel reply.. Your email address will not be published.. Required fields are marked.. *.. Name.. Email.. Website.. Comment.. You may use these.. HTML.. tags and attributes:.. a href= title= abbr title= acronym title= b blockquote cite= cite code del datetime= em i q cite= strike strong..

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  • Title: Introducing Greg and Marc |
    Descriptive info: Marc Choyt.. is co-founder of Fair Jewelry Action and publisher of fairjewelry.. Since its founding in 2007, fairjewelry.. org has become the most comprehensive trade and consumer resource on ethical jewelry production.. With its translator function, it is read by people from 130 countries a month, and receives several hundred visitors a day.. As a journalist, Marc has published several articles in trade and consumer publications and has written two e-books on ethical sourcing issues: one for the consumer and one for the trade.. Marc is a social entrepreneur and President pf Reflective Images Inc, a designer jewelry company located in Santa Fe, NM that was established in 1995.. Reflective Images, which has won several awards for excellence, and converted its entire production, nationally and internationally, to recycled precious metal.. It focuses on artisan sourcing and production.. Marc also spearheaded a three year volunteer cross sector project from the Madison Dialog meeting in at the World Bank in Washington DC in 2011 to create the world’s first Fair Trade  ...   National Association of Goldsmiths jeweler’s publication The Jeweller.. His articles, initiatives and interviews are posted on Fair Jewelry Action.. He is also the Founder of.. CRED Jewellery.. For his full bio please visit.. www.. gregvalerio.. He currently serves on the.. National Association of Goldsmiths.. ethics working group.. He is currently working in Kenya and Sierra Leone, assisting small-scale gold miners to achieve Fairtrade certification on their gold through FJA s Destination Fairtrade Gold Africa programme.. He is also one of the founding board members of the Alliance of Responsible Mining (ARM), Greg is well known in the international fair trade community for his groundbreaking work on behalf of small scale miners throughout the world.. In 2010 he worked for the Fairtrade Labeling Organization (FLO) to successfully bring the Fairtrade gold initiative to market in the UK and EU.. In June of 2011, Greg won top honors for Global Activist of the Year from the UK s Sunday Observer for his pioneering effort to bring fair trade gold to the market..

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  • Title: Campaigns FJA supports |
    Descriptive info: FJA promotes and supports campaigns that are focusing on bringing greater transparency and traceability to the jewellery supply chain, We also support actions that insist on the centrality of human rights, environmental justice and the rights of indigenous people to have priority access to the mineral wealth of their respective land.. FJA s strength  ...   jewelry trade, all our members are practicing jewelers,and therefore FJA s voice is one that comes from within the jewelry trade.. We demonstrate that jewelers care about the above issues and are willing to raise our voices and use our businesses as a vehicle for bringing about change both inside and outside the industry..

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  • Title: Save Bristol Bay |
    Descriptive info: http://www.. savebristolbay.. org/.. The Pebble deposit is a massive storehouse of gold, copper and molybdemum, located in the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers, two of the eight major rivers that feed Bristol Bay.. If built, Pebble would be one of the largest mines in the world.. Because of its size, geochemistry and location, Pebble runs a.. high risk.. of polluting Bristol Bay, one of the world’s few and most productive wild salmon strongholds that supports a $500 million commercial and sport fishery.. For this reason, Trout Unlimited is working with a diverse group of fishermen, guides, lodge owners, Alaska Natives, scientists, chef, restaurant owners, seafood lovers and many others to try to stop the Pebble development and to protect Bristol Bay.. The proposed mine developers, the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) are a consortium of the world’s second largest multinational mining corporation, London-based Anglo American, along with Northern Dynasty, a junior mining company headquartered in Canada.. Anglo American’s environmental track record does not bode well for Bristol Bay and Northern Dynasty has little experience safeguarding  ...   miles in length.. Independent scientists have questioned whether the dam could withstand the force of a massive earthquake, such as the 9.. 2 quake that devastated Anchorage in 1964.. The dam and 10-square-mile-wide containment pond are intended to hold between 2.. 5 billion and 10 billion tons of mine waste that Pebble would produce over its lifetime nearly enough to.. bury the city of Seattle, WA.. Because the sulfide, or acid-generating, nature of the Pebble ore body, the waste would require environmental treatment in perpetuity.. Any release of mine waste into the surface or groundwater has the potential to harm Bristol Bay’s salmon runs.. The PLP recently stated that they plan to apply for federal and state permits in spring of 2011.. With the developers moving toward permitting, now is the time to get involved to stop this mega-project and protect Bristol Bay.. Now is the time to educate elected officials, agency heads, the media and anyone who cares about the future of wild salmon.. Please consider.. taking action.. today to stop the proposed Pebble Mine..

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  • Title: FJA endorsed Standards |
    Descriptive info: FJA is committed to the following principles and therefore only endorses standards that it believes reflects our convictions.. 1) Promotes transparency and traceability throughout the jewelry supply chain.. Mine to market chain of custody.. 2) Standards are public and non-proprietorial (meaning not owned by any one company).. 3) Are independently audited by a third-party.. 4) Recognize the following international conventions.. UN Declaration of Human Rights.. ILO Labour Conventions.. UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.. 5) Place small-scale and artisan production as the principle beneficiaries in the jewelry chain of custody..

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  • Title: FJA member services and suppliers |
    Descriptive info: On these pages you will find members of FJA who are able to offer traceable and transparent services and supplies to the retail jewellery sector.. All the listed companies support FJA s support the values and vision of FJA..

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  • Title: Artisan Manufacturers |
    Descriptive info: Nepal.. New Global Nepal Industries.. Established in 1999, New Global Nepal industries is a registered as a cottage industries and started with few poor artisan silversmiths.. Our products are hand-made silver jewellery using coloured.. gemstones.. Our customers include CRED Jewellery.. newglobalnepalindustries.. com/.. Contact:.. harigni@ntc.. net.. np.. South Africa.. Vukani-Ubuntu Community Development.. – is a non-profit organisation based in Pretoria, South Africa.. It’s primary focus is the empowering of previously disadvantaged individuals with free jewellery manufacturing training at sustainable community development projects.. vukani.. demos@vukani..

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  • Title: Jewelry Casting Houses |
    Descriptive info: Vipa Designs Ltd.. A “design to delivery” company, Vipa Designs are designers, casters and manufacturers of high quality Gold and Silver jewellery both to private clients and the trade.. Working in recycled, Fairtrade and Fairmined and FT-FM ECO metals.. Vipa are able to offer a batch casting service, required by the Fairtrade Fairmined standard.. Contact: David Crump.. david@vipadesigns.. co.. uk.. +44 (0)1664 567890..

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  • Title: Precious metal suppliers |
    Descriptive info: UK.. CRED Sources.. CRED is driven by the desire to see artisanal mining communities benefiting from the jewellery trade and people given the chance to own jewellery that is traceable and delivers social and environmental benefits to producing communities.. CRED Sources now offers fair trade/ethical precious metals to the jewellery trade.. credsources.. info@credsources.. USA.. Green Leaf Gold.. Green Leaf Gold is dedicated to bringing Fair Trade certified, ecologically mined gold to the growing ethical jewelry market.. The company focuses on the triple bottom line – people, profit and the planet.. GreenLeafGold.. lbohlen@lbohlen..

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  • Title: Refiners |
    Descriptive info: France.. S P Trading.. – Fairtrade Fairmined gold and 100% post consumer recycled metals.. http://patrickschein.. com/us.. contact@patrickschein.. Capella Ltd is an audited refiner in the Fairtrade Fairmined gold programme and also sells 100% recycled metals to the jewellery trade.. capellaltd.. uk/.. info@capellaltd..

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