Arabel Lebrusan

Ethical jewellery brand Lebrusan Studio has raised £1,000 for the Global March Against Child Labour.

In acknowledgement of 2021 being the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, the London- and Brighton-based jeweller spent six months gathering funds for Global March, encouraging direct donations to the charity via a dedicated fundraising page.

To incentivise engagement, the brand offered rewards in exchange for donations, including pairs of hand-crafted silver filigree stud earrings and charms for donations of more than £100 and over £50 respectively, and discount codes for use across online collections.

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Founder and designer Arabel Lebrusan said: “An estimated one million children work globally in the mining of precious metals and gemstones.

“In artisanal and small-scale gold mines, many children work in deep, unstable pits, many suffer respiratory diseases and long-term injury and many are exposed to toxic chemicals that can cause irreversible conditions.

“As an ethical jeweller, it’s not enough for us to simply use sustainable materials and ethical practises.

“It’s our responsibility to cast light on these injustices, campaign for mandatory human rights diligence in supply chains, and strive for an industry free of exploitation.”

Global March is the world’s largest network of trade unions, teachers’ associations and civil society organisations working towards the shared goal of eliminating and preventing all forms of child labour, slavery and trafficking.

Its primary aims are implementing policy changes and ensuring access by all children to free, meaningful and quality education.

Lebrusan went on: “We’re very pleased to be donating £1,000 to an organisation underpinned by such determined and compassionate people.

“We’d like to extend a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who made that possible by engaging with our fundraiser, be it donating money or helping to spread the word. You have contributed to crucial changes.”

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