Landmark Fairtrade meet at UK Jewellery Conference

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Miners from Peru, Bolivia and Colombia to meet for first time in UK.

For the first time in the UK, gold miners from Peru, Bolivia and Colombia will join together to talk about Fairtrade gold when they appear at the second CMJ UK Jewellery Conference later this month.

The miners will be joined at the conference, which will take place on October 8th and 9th at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole, by Cred director Alan Frampton and Fairtrade International Gold Programme co-ordinator Greg Valerio.

The presentation will be about Fairtrade’s commitment to transforming the lives of artisanal and small-scale miners through the Fairtrade label for gold. Conference delegates will be able to discover how the Fairtrade gold model works, and what the vision is for the future of ethical precious metals.

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The miners will talk about their challenges and aspirations and what it means to them to be part of Fairtrade gold and their vision for the future. Frampton will explain the gold journey, from the mine to a piece of jewellery and what this means to the end consumer.

Valerio said: "This is the first time in the UK that we have had all the Fairtrade certified miners in one location, so it offers a rare and unique opportunity for jewellers and miners to connect with one another to do Fairtrade business.

"The UK jewellery industry has the potential to become the world’s leading ethical market for jewellery and remains the strongest market for Fairtrade certified gold in the world. CMJ members should be the backbone of this ethical transformation."

CMJ chief executive Willie Hamilton added: “One of the most important tenets of the CMJ is our commitment to ethical and socially responsible business practices, which we expect from all our members and promote through our partnership with the World Federation of Jewellery, CIBJO. We strongly support and will be promoting the Fairtrade Gold initiative to our retailers and to our suppliers.”

Also speaking at the CMJ UK Jewellery Conference will be businesswoman Karren Brady, former John Lewis head of customer service Andrew McMillan. The event will be once again hosted by BBC presenter Bill Turnbull.

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