NAG invites members to discuss Gold Paper

Forum day to give retailers tips to improve gold sourcing.

The National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) is inviting its retail members to attend its Council & Forum day, where it will discuss the recently released Gold Paper with key speakers.

The Gold Paper, launched at The Jewellery Show last month, details current practices and policies used by refineries, suppliers, retailers, NGOs and banks to regulate and monitor the movement and provenance of gold within the UK supply chain.

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Within the paper are 10 recommendations for jewellers, dealers, manufactures and refineries to continue the steps already taken within the jewellery industry.

Council members are invited to a day designed to give retailers a better understanding of gold supply chain issues, and what they can do to further their knowledge in ethically and socially sourcing gold, with a focus on the 10 recommendations in the Gold Paper.

Several key speakers will also appear on the day, including those involved in writing the Gold Paper. Vivien Johnston of Glasgow-based ethical brand Fifi Bijoux will be present alongside ethical jewellery activist and founder of CRED Jewellery Greg Valerio. The British Jewellers’ Associations chief exec Simon Rainer will also speak at the day.

The NAG’s chief executive Michael Hoare said: “The idea of the day is to try and encourage jewellers to take a real in-depth look at the current state of the UK supply chain, and see what they can do to improve it.

"We found during our consultation process that there are a number of initiatives that are working, but jewellers just don’t know about them.”

Hoare added: “Along with transparency and traceability the industry also needs to communicate more effectively. Communication between jewellers and their suppliers, manufacturers and refiners is something we really need to be taking hold of – and a day like this is just the start of that process.”

The Council & Forum day will take place tomorrow, March 13, at Salter’s Hall in London.



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