The world of responsible sourcing of metals and minerals is complicated on all fronts. Fairtrade is dedicated to improving social, economic and environmental conditions for artisanal and small-scale miners and enabling them to earn a sustainable livelihood based on international trade on fair terms. This requires an integrated response from experts who can bring their specialism to this unique challenge.
Fairtrade International understands the need to work with external organisations and individuals to achieve its vision of ‘A world where artisanal and small scale miners can enjoy a sustainable livelihood for themselves, their families and communities’. We are proud to work with our partners, without whom Fairtrade gold certification and the amazing improvement it brings to small-scale miners and their communities would not be possible.
Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
SECO has supported Fairtrade’s Gold programme in 2014-2015 to achieve the following outcomes: Artisanal & small-scale gold miners and their organizations build thriving production systems and businesses; and consumers, civil society and policy makers increase awareness of and commitment to ethical and environmental friendly mined gold supply chains.
Comic Relief – UK
In 2012 Comic Relief granted The Fairtrade Foundation a sizeable grant towards the ‘Fairtrade Gold in East Africa’ programme, investing into nine pilot projects in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania). The impact of the programme has been considerable with all of the nine pilots sites making significant improvements to their organisations.
Environmental Women in Action for Development (EWAD) – Uganda
Environmental Women in Action for Development (EWAD) is a non-governmental organization based in Entebbe, Uganda, that provides support to impoverished local communities irrespective of religious, political, gender and racial affiliations.
As the Ugandan partner working in the ‘Fairtrade Gold in East Africa’ programme, EWAD works alongside Fairtrade Africa to train and support community mining organisations to improve their operations and work towards Fairtrade certification.
MTL Consulting – Tanzania
MTL Consulting Company Ltd (MTL) is wholly owned and managed by Tanzanians. The company’s principal objective is to provide consulting services in the areas of mining, environmental and social management, geology and mineral exploration, mineral rights management and training.
Solidaridad Eastern & Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC)
SECAEC are the Kenyan partner in the ‘Fairtrade Gold in Africa’ programme, working alongside Fairtrade Africa to support community mining organisations to improve their mining operations and achieve Fairtrade certification.