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The Golden Rules are a set of criteria for more responsible mining. The No Dirty Gold campaign developed the Golden Rules based  based on broadly accepted international human rights laws and basic principles of sustainable development.

The Golden Rules hold that mining companies and operations must:

1. Respect basic human rights outlined in international conventions and law

2. Obtain the free, prior, and informed consent of affected communities.

3. Respect workers’ rights and labor standards, including safe working conditions

4. Ensure that operations are not located in areas of armed or militarized conflict

5. Ensure that projects do not force communities off their lands

6. Ensure that projects are not located in protected areas, fragile ecosystems, or other areas of high conservation or ecological value

7. Refrain from dumping mine wastes into the ocean, rivers, lakes, or streams

8. Ensure that projects do not contaminate water, soil, or air with sulfuric acid drainage or other toxic chemicals

9. Cover all costs of closing down and cleaning up mine sites

10. Fully disclose information about social and environmental effects of projects

11. Allow independent verification of the above

A chance to lead

No Dirty Gold is asking jewelry retailers to pledge to source only from mines who meet the above criteria.  By signing the pledge, you show your customers your commitment to ethical mining and corporate social responsibility.

Please join some of the world’s leading retailers of jewelry in calling for more responsible mining. Sign on to the Golden Rules, which are social, human rights, and environmental criteria for more responsible mining of gold and other precious metals.

For more information, email retailers@nodirtygold.org.

Retailers Who Support the Golden Rules

The retailers listed below have taken a big step towards more more responsible sourcing of gold by declaring their support for the Golden Rules.

These Rules represent social, environmental, and human rights criteria for more responsible gold production. By signing on to the rules, these retailers have pledged to pursue and encourage “cleaner” sourcing of gold and other metals.

Some of these jewelers made statements about the importance of more responsible metals sourcing, and the Golden Rules.

Read about the efforts that most of these jewelers are making — and some are dragging their feet on — in the jeweler report card in Tarnished Gold: Assessing the Jewelry Industry’s Progress on Ethical Sourcing of Metals.

  1. 21Diamonds
  2. ADA Diamonds
  3. Alberto Parada
  4. Alexandra Hart
  5. Amalena Jewelers – Johanna Mejia
  6. American Achievement Corporation
  7. Americus Diamond
  8. April Doubleday
  9. Arabel Lebrusan
  10. Arlanch
  11. Argos
  12. ArtCarved
  13. Avasarah
  14. Avilan Storied Diamonds
  15. Balfour
  16. Bario Neal
  17. Beaverbrooks*
  18. Ben Bridge Jeweler
  19. Beryllina
  20. Biddy Murphy
  21. Birks & Mayors
  22. Blair Lauren Brown
  23. Blue Nile
  24. Boscov’s
  25. Boucheron
  26. Brilliance
  27. Brilliant Earth
  28. Calleija Jewellers
  29. Catbird
  30. Cartier
  31. Celebrations of Life
  32. Celtic Jewelry
  33. Chocolate Couture
  34. Coral Covey
  35. Cred Jewellery
  36. D’Amore Jewelers
  37. D.NEA
  38. Dale Robertson
  39. Day’s Jewelers
  40. Do Amore
  41. Edward Jewelers
  42. Eight Centuries
  43. Ethica Diamonds (formler KinetIQUE Limited)
  44. Fair Trade in Gems and Jewelry
  45. Fey & Co. Jewelers
  46. F. Hinds*
  47. Fifi Bijoux
  48. Foundation Jewellery
  49. Forktip Jewelers
  50. Fortunoff
  51. Fraser Hart*
  52. Fred Meyer and Littman Jewelers
  53. Goldsmiths*
  54. Green Diva Jewelry
  55. Hacker Jewelers
  56. Hamilton Jewelers
  57. Harriet Kelsall
  58. Helzberg Diamonds
  59. Henrich & Denzel GmbH
  60. Herff Jones
  61. Hyde Park Jewelers
  62. Ingle & Rhode
  63. Intergold
  64. JamesAllen.com
  65. Jasco Designs
  66. JCPenney
  67. Jenn Dewey Designs
  68. Jewelry Days.com
  69. John R. Fox
  70. Joia
  71. Jostens
  72. Juwelier Zimmer
  73. Keepsake
  74. Krikawa Jewelry Designs
  75. Leber Jeweler
  76. Lena Marie Echelle Designs
  77. Linhardt Design
  78. Mappin and Webb*
  79. Melissa Joy Manning
  80. Metal Urges
  81. Michaels Jewelers
  82. Monique Péan
  83. Nature’s Candy Designs, Ltd.
  84. Nelson’s Jewelry
  85. Open Source Minerals
  86. Oria Jewellery
  87. Otley Jewellers / The Ethical Jeweller
  88. Piaget
  89. QVC
  90. Real Jewels
  91. Rideau Recognition Solutions
  92. Robbins Brothers
  93. Sandy Leong
  94. Sears Holdings Corp.
  95. Security Jewelers
  96. Signet Group
  97. since1910.com
  98. Stephen Fortner
  99. Stuart Berger
  100. Studio C Designs
  101. Sulusso
  102. Taber Studios
  103. Tap by Todd Pownell
  104. Target
  105. The Clarity Project
  106. Tiffany & Co.
  107. Toby Pomeroy
  108. TurningPoint (x)
  109. Ultra Stores
  110. Ute Decker
  111. Van Gundy
  112. Victoria Casal USA (x)
  113. Vipaka Jewelry
  114. Virtue Diamonds
  115. Wal-Mart
  116. Warren James*
  117. Watches of Switzerland*
  118. Whitehall Jewellers (x)
  119. Zale Corp.

* retailers whose commitments were obtained by our partners at CAFOD in the UK
(x) retailers no longer in operation under listed name as of May, 2009

Refiners of precious metals are also realizing the value of responsible sourcing of metals. Hoover & Strong and Aurfina hava signed on to the Golden Rules.