The UK is one of the world’s leading Fairtrade markets, with more products and more awareness of Fairtrade than anywhere else.
Sales of Fairtrade products have soared in recent years with an estimated retail value of £1,530 million in 2012 compared with £836 million in 2009.
UK shoppers are continuing to embrace Fairtrade, showing their commitment to ethical values despite the tough economic times.
Research reveals that people buying jewellery for a special occasion holds greater value and significance if it carries the Fairtrade Marks*.
Consumer concerns about gold have been linked to the growing trend for fairly traded or ethically sourced products.
Reports show that a third of consumers would choose to shop at stores that were concerned about how their gold is produced, while a quarter said they would buy Fairtrade Gold even if it meant paying more**.
The Fairtrade dual stamp on products gives assurance to retailers and consumers that miners in the developing world are getting a fair deal for their work.
*Globescan, January 2010
** CAFOD, " Good bling not bad bling says British public," 2006
Why offer Fairtrade Gold?
• Because it’s a simple, flexible and cost-effective way to source the gold you need responsibly and with traceability – all through an international network that’s recognised and trusted by shoppers.
• It shows your customers that you’re committed to supporting artisanal and small-scale miners to build a brighter future for themselves, their families and communities.
• Fairtrade certified mines must meet Fairtrade Standards on working conditions, the handling of chemicals, child labour and protecting the environment.
• Miners receive the Fairtrade Minimum Price for their gold, which acts as a safety net when prices fall, and the extra Fairtrade Premium to invest in improving their business and in community projects such as education, clean water and healthcare.
Fairtrade Gold products available from Cooksongold
In 2011 we became a certified supplier of Fairtrade Gold.
We now stock:
Grain - Fine Gold Grain, 18ct Yellow Gold Grain, 18ct White Gold Grain
Sheet - 18ct Yellow Gold Sheet 2mm, 18ct White Gold Sheet 2mm
Round Wire - 18ct Yellow Gold 2mm Round Wire, 18ct White Gold 2mm Round Wire
Square Wire - 18ct Yellow Gold 3mm & 6mm Square Wire, 18ct White Gold 3mm & 6mm Square Wire
Loose Chain - 9ct Yellow and 18ct Yellow 1.2mm Diamond Cut Curb Chain
Traditional Court Wedding Ring Blanks – Wall thicknesses 1.6 – 1.9mm
Purchasing Fairtrade Gold
In order to purchase and use Fairtrade Gold you must register as a Fairtrade Goldsmith or Fairtrade Licensee. Registering as a Fairtrade Goldsmith is a free process and can be completed via Fairtrade.org.uk.
For further information about Cooksongold’s Fairtrade Gold range please contact:
Contact Centre Manager, Rob Taylor
T: 0121 212 6401
For further information from the Fairtrade Foundation please click here.
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