Bradford and bling came together with a presentation on Fairtrade gold at Bradford Cathedral on 12th September.
Dan Omondi Odida, a gold miner from Kenya, came to speak to a crowd of seventy Fairtrade supporters, including attendees from the University of Bradford.
The Dean welcomed everyone to the Cathedral and ethical jewellers Rory McQuaid (the Ethical Jeweller, Otley) and Caroline Kindy (Element Jewellery, Hebden Bridge) supported Dan in the presentation, alongside Adam Gardner from the national Fairtrade Foundation and Mark Dawson and Karen Palframan of Fairtrade Yorkshire.
Dan spoke of the need for Fairtrade gold in order to address injustice in the gold trade. This includes the lack of a fair price, child labour, ill health as a result of processing the gold, and environmental damage caused by gold mining.
Fairtrade gold guarantees a fair price and a Fairtrade premium in addition (which can be spent by gold mining cooperatives to improve life in their communities). The Fairtrade gold scheme includes safety and environmental standards.
You can check out Fairtrade gold jewellery for sale on these websites:
Fairtrade gold rings will also be available from Argos.
Find out more about Fairtrade gold at the new ‘discover gold’ site: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/discovergold