UPDATE (2/11): The scorecard and grade for Jostens has been corrected on 2/11/10, to reflect their signing of the Bristol Bay Protection Pledge.
When consumers buy jewelry, they don’t want their purchase to underwrite environmental destruction; they don’t want to support throwing people out of their homes; they don’t want their wedding rings to cause the pollution of drinking water.
But consumers have little reliable assurance about the origins of their jewelry purchases.
Although there have been several steps in the right direction in the six years since the No Dirty Gold campaign was launched.
Today we released Tarnished Gold? Assessing the jewelry industry’s progress on the ethical sourcing of metals. It evaluates the efforts made by jewelers towards responsible sourcing of precious metals. It is based on responses to a survey sent to the jewelers that had signed on to No Dirty Gold’s Golden Rules of Responsible Mining by mid-February 2009, and ot other large jewelry retailers who sold jewelry worth more than $100 million.
For more information:
- Download Tarnished Gold? Assessing the jewelry industry’s progress on the ethical sourcing of metals
- Read the press release
- Read No Dirty Gold fact sheets on mining impacts and the jewelry industry.
- National Jeweler: Report grades retailers on ethical gold sourcing
- The Green Life (Sierra Club): A Golden Opportunity
- Mother Nature Network: Gold jewelry gets graded
- Diamonds.net: No Dirty Gold report reflects progress at Birks & Mayors, Tiffany, Herff
- JCK Online: Leading jewelry retailers act on pledge to shun “Dirty Gold”
- Mineweb: Small to medium jewelers find it easier to ethically source precious metals