Open House – Pledge 2022

Open House – Thursday 27 January 2022

13.00 (GMT) online via Zoom

Join us as we review progress in 2021 and share inspiration for 2022


This time last year, we launched the Fair Luxury Pledge initiative; a new framework designed to support you and your peers to take tangible steps towards better business. The programme was an opportunity for us each to set personal goals and to network with other Pledgers with shared aims, exchanging knowledge and ideas along the way. No matter one’s position in the industry or the stage they found themselves at in their ‘fair jewellery journey’, the Pledge scheme was implemented to offer motivation and a sense of community.

12 months, over 120 Pledgers and a host of inspiring Pledge-themed Open House events down the line, we’re incredibly proud to say that the initiative was a roaring success. Seeing our industry ignite with such inspiration has been fantastic. With every Pledge taken – each just as positive and dedicated as the last – we’ve found ourselves instilled with further confidence in our collective pursuit of a fair and sustainable jewellery industry. ⠀

Now, with 2022 upon us, it’s time to reflect on the challenges and successes of the year behind us – and start hatching plans for the one ahead.
 

 

 

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Our next Fair Luxury Open House is on Thursday 27th January 2022, 13:00 GMT. We’ll be taking a look back at the Pledges made in 2021, discussing the effectiveness of the Pledge framework, and exchanging ideas for 2022 Pledges.

We’ll hear from real life Pledgers, invited to discuss the areas they succeeded in, the parts that didn’t go so well, and their plans to continue journeying towards better business this year.

Do you have a Pledge success story of your own that you’re proud to share? We’d be delighted for you to spend a few moments speaking to our Open House guests about it. Please feel free to put yourself forward by dropping us a line on pledge@fairluxury.co.uk.

This event is free and open to anyone who’s interested; from existing Pledgers to newbies looking to make a positive change or two this year. All we ask is that you register your place in advance and bring along any mates that you think might benefit from making a Pledge of their own.
 
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TELL US HOW WE DID
 
As we prepare to restart the Pledge initiative for 2022, we’d love to hear about your Pledger experience. Your honest feedback would serve as a pillar around which to construct this year’s framework, ensuring it’s even more impactful than the last.

If you could spare a few minutes of your time to answer a few simple questions sometime before Wednesday 26th January 2022, we’d be incredibly grateful.
 
Take the 2021 Pledge survey
 
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The event is free to attend but please register in advance to join us.

About Open House

The Fair Luxury Open House sessions are an opportunity to get together with the jewellery community, get inspired and find support on your fair jewellery journey.

Established designers, makers, new graduates and independent businesses – whatever stage of the ethical sourcing journey you’re at, you are very welcome.

Join Fair Luxury Open House on Zoom to learn and exchange on all things relating to ethical jewellery. By nurturing a sense of human connection and sharing information we can support each other and help to focus our individual intentions.

Reflecting on ten years of certified artisanal gold

Reflecting on ten years of certified artisanal gold

Where are we now? Has enough been achieved, and what’s next?

Thursday 16 September 2021 14:00-15:30 (BST) online

For many years the idea of certified responsibly mined and fairly traded gold was a dream – but one that became a reality in 2011. Now ten years have passed and consumers can choose to buy from over 350 licensed jewellers working with certified Fairtrade or Fairmined Gold.

Join us for this exciting panel discussion hosted by our own Arabel Lebrusan in conversation with Morgane Nzelemona, Anna Barker and Christina Miller. Find out more about our speakers below.

Expect a challenging, informative and inspiring session to celebrate this milestone and consider the impact of the past ten years. We will also be shining a light on some of the challenges and sharing details of projects and initiatives aiming to tackle them.

Register via Zoom here

Our speakers represent a force for good in artisanal mining; follow the links to find out more about them and their work.

Morgane Nzelemona is part of the Fairmined initiative powered by the Alliance for Responsible Mining to create more responsible gold supply chains. She works with brands, manufacturers, and refiners to integrate ethical and traceable gold into their supply chain and engages the gold industry with responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations. With a background in international affairs and economics, she has worked for various French NGOs to raise awareness in areas such as social inequalities, financial inclusion and social entrepreneurship.

Christina Miller is founder and consultant at Christina T. Miller Consulting, providing education, guidance and strategy for small and medium-sized jewellery companies and connecting civil society organizations and jewellers to implement customised, responsible, and sustainable business practices. She co-founded Ethical Metalsmiths, launching the Radical Jewelry Jewelry Makeover and organised the first multi-jeweller Fairmined gold purchase.

In 2018 Christina was awarded the WJA Carelle Grant for her work helping jewellers make a difference. With the grant, she launched Better Without Mercury/Mejor Sin Mercurio.

Anna Barker is the Head of Commercial Partnerships at the Fairtrade Foundation, where she is responsible for the team working with major retail and consumer goods partners to deliver responsible sourcing solutions in business supply chains across a range of commodities. Prior to joining Fairtrade, Anna worked for Levin Sources, a consultancy dedicated to the responsible sourcing of minerals.


This is also an opportunity to find out more about the Fairmined and Fairtrade Gold certifications and what they mean for consumers, jewellers and for artisanal miners and their communities. There will be time for questions and answers.

The event is free to attend but please register in advance to join us.

If you care about where the metal you work with comes from and want to see more availability of responsibly sourced precious metal, please help us by taking part in our gold survey at
https://www.fairluxury.co.uk/featured/fair-luxury-jewellers-survey/

About Open House

The Fair Luxury Open Housse sessions are an opportunity to get together with the jewellery community, get inspired and find support on your fair jewellery journey.

Established designers, makers, new graduates and independent businesses – whatever stage of the ethical sourcing journey you’re at, you are very welcome.

Join Fair Luxury Open House on Zoom to learn and exchange on all things relating to ethical jewellery. By nurturing a sense of human connection and sharing information we can support each other and help to focus our individual intentions.

Building an Ethical Jewellery Industry

Our first guest author is Kassandra Lauren Gordon, jeweller, poet and activist.

The Fair Luxury website states: “Each of us is at a different place on our journey to responsible business, but we are working on it. No matter how small, collectively our actions will transform our industry for the better.”

I couldn’t agree more.

I have always seen myself as an ethical jeweller and have tried my best to live up to that in my jewellery practice by giving clients the option to buy ethical materials. I have used fair trade gold, recycled gold, recycled silver and buy the most ethical gemstones I can find as much as possible.

But ultimately I can’t offer ethically sourced materials that I can’t find or that are too expensive for my customers. And if these materials are going to be more than branding for me they have to be as ethically sourced as they are claimed to be or we can’t rely on the effects of using ethical suppliers to materialise. However, I have no realistic way of verifying the claims to ‘ethicalness’ that a supplier makes, so I must take it on trust.

It’s just not possible to be ‘ethical’ in the sense of what we want this word to mean without the industry, or at least part of it, also being as ethical as we want to be.

I think one of the best vehicles for spreading the impact of the use of ethical supplies is combining our buying power and signposting to others which suppliers we believe are providing the best quality and ethically reliable supplies. As our influence grows and consumer tastes become more ethical, more suppliers would have the incentive to also start selling ethical supplies.

I am very inspired by the changes we’ve seen in the food industry. It was not long ago that to be vegetarian almost meant to not be able to eat at all if you were out. Perhaps there would be one token vegetarian option on the menu. But the industry has responded very robustly to the change in consumer tastes. Now some vegetarian substitutes are indistinguishable from traditional recipes because of the work that has been done on recipes and ingredients. Today, diners of a variety of diets have real options.

If we can build a network or a directory of ethical product and service providers, this could be a very good step in the direction of us being able to be the ethical jewellers we want to be ourselves and then expanding that impact through the industry.

To truly be ethical jewellers we must see our values manifested in the work of others.

Kassandra Lauren Gordon
September 2020

Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1523290770768{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”660″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” onclick=”custom_link” css=”.vc_custom_1576437000703{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}” link=”https://www.fairluxury.co.uk/featured/gold-supply/”][vc_column_text el_class=”caption” css=”.vc_custom_1564614296186{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The news of Cred ceasing trading has been a surprise to many of us and we’d like to acknowledge the pioneering work of Cred and the incredible achievements and commitment of Greg Valerio, Alan Frampton and the Cred team in bringing about and sourcing Fairtrade Gold for the UK market. We know this has an impact on UK jewellers working with Fairtrade Gold and appreciate that the supply challenges facing Cred were partly due to mining organisations seeking greater order quantity and consistency.

The good news is that there is ongoing availability of Fairtrade Gold in Peru and Europe and European players in the supply chain have the mechanism for purchasing in sufficient quantities – just not a current distribution chain in place with UK suppliers. The Fairtrade Foundation is in ongoing discussions with a range of new traders to facilitate bringing increased volumes of Fairtrade Gold to UK manufacturers and we hope to host a session early in the New Year with Fairtrade once these arrangements are confirmed to share information and answer questions.

In the short term Fairtrade Gold is available from existing registered UK suppliers, click here for details. In addition, Fair Ever (formerly Traid Gold), a German trader with a UK distribution network already in place, has good volumes of semi-finished materials in Fairtrade Gold on their website available to buy. You can visit their site here.

We also have an update from ARM confirming that there is a good and consistent supply of Fairmined Gold in the UK, through Vipa Designs and Betts Metals. Click here to access details of global suppliers from the Fairmined website. The 8 Fairmined certified mining organisations in Peru, Colombia and Mongolia are producing stable quantities of around 35kg gold a month with 5 more coming on stream in the next year or so.

We know there are challenges in balancing certified gold supply and demand, particularly with the artisanal nature of both ends of the supply chain, but as you can see, the big picture is positive and we’ll continue working to build commitment from our industry, increase awareness and demand for responsibly sourced gold which in turn creates an even stronger environment for a sustainable certified gold supply.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]