No Dirty Gold Valentine’s Day Fact Sheet

February 7, 2014 • Earthworks

Quick facts about gold mining, the U.S. jewelry market, and the Golden Rules

Media Releases

This Valentine’s Day, 90 jewelry retailers say ‘no’ to dirty gold

February 13, 2013 • Earthworks

Macy’s called out as industry laggard

February 13, 2013, WASHINGTON, DC: Over 90 of the world’s leading jewelry retailers, including 8 of the top 10 US retailers, have committed to more responsible metals sourcing by signing the No Dirty Gold campaign’s Golden Rules. However, Macy’s Inc., the fifth largest jewelry seller in the US, lags behind and has yet to meaningfully commit to cleaning up its gold supply chain. The campaign’s Facebook-based Valentine’s Day card urges Macy’s to dump dirty gold, and has been widely viewed and shared.

“Dirty gold is no way to show your love on Valentine’s Day,” said Payal Sampat of Earthworks’ No Dirty Gold campaign. “Macy’s customers need to know that the gold jewelry they are buying is not produced at the cost of clean water or children’s health.”

Media Releases

This Valentine’s Day, over 80 jewelry retailers make a lasting commitment to clean up dirty metals

February 14, 2012 • Earthworks

Macy’s and Costco continue dodge responsibility, falling behind industry standard

WASHINGTON, DC: Over 80 jewelry retailers from around the world, including 8 of the top 10 US retailers, have committed to cleaning up dirty metals by signing the No Dirty Gold campaign’s “Golden Rules” for more responsible metals sourcing.  This is good news for consumers, the environment, and the communities who live with metals mining – the largest toxic polluter in the U.S.  Unfortunately, two companies, Macy’s and Costco, among the top 10 US jewelry retailers, lag behind and have yet to meaningfully commit to cleaning up their gold supply chain.

“Dirty gold must become a thing of the past,” said No Dirty Gold campaign director Payal Sampat.  She continued, “No one wants their Valentine’s Day jewelry tainted with human rights abuses or toxic pollution. But this can’t happen unless companies like Macy’s commit to cleaning up their supply chains and sign the Golden Rules. ”


Macy’s told to dump dirty gold this Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2012 • Nick Magel

Today, activists from the No Dirty Gold campaign left Macy’s a message at its downtown Washington D.C. storefront.  The activists decorated the Macy’s front entrance with a giant balloon banner reading: “Macy’s, Don’t Break our Hearts. Dump Dirty Gold!” - referring to Macy’s failure to sign on to the No Dirty Gold campaign’s “Golden Rules” for responsible metals’ sourcing.

The activists showed up at Macy’s the day before Valentine’s Day to let shoppers know that Macy’s has thus far taken no action to help rid the jewelry industry of dirty gold: gold that may have been produced at the cost of human rights abuses, labor violations, and environmental destruction, among others.

Valentine’s Day is one of Macy’s busiest shopping seasons in the year, with the jewelry departments full of shoppers looking to buy gold jewelry for their special someone. Some of these prospective shoppers in Washington DC were greeted today by the large banner, held by over 3 dozen helium balloons, floating over the store’s main entrance informing shoppers about Macy’s dirty secret.

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EarthNotes February 2012

February 8, 2012 • Hilary Lewis

In this issue:
Next Steps for Rosemont Mine in Arizona
9 Months Later, Still No Rules to Prevent the Trade of Conflict Minerals
Texas Railroad Commission Hears from Landowners
New York has a lot to consider with draft SGEIS
Macy’s dirty little secret exposed


Give Macy’s a ring today! (Not the gold kind)

December 20, 2011 • Nick Magel

Over 16,000 people have urged Macy’s – by letter or by Facebook – to speak out against dirty gold, and sign the Golden Rules for Responsible Metals Sourcing.

Unfortunately, they haven’t.Yet.

So it’s time to ramp up the pressure.

Can you take a minute from your busy holiday week to call Macy’s? Think of it as caroling against dirty gold. We need to call Macy’s and tell their people (Jim and Beth) to sign the Golden Rules.

Jim Sluzewski, Senior VP, External Affairs 513-579-7764  &
Beth Charlton, Director Issue Management & Special Projects, 513-562-6928

We’re asking for 1 minute of your day to call Macy’s and ask them to sign the “Golden Rules” for responsible metals sourcing. We want to call two representatives at Macy’s - if you can only make one call, that’s ok!


Macy’s passes the buck on responsibility

December 14, 2011 • Nick Magel

The past two weeks Earthworks and members have sent over 14,000 petitions to Macy's calling for them to sign the "Golden Rules". Macy's remained silent.

This past week people concerned with Macy’s inaction to help curb irresponsible gold mining took over Macy’s Facebook page. Over 200 people flooded the Facebook page asking Macy’s to take a stand against irresponsible metal mining, join the over 80 other jewelry retailers, and sign the “Golden Rules”. For the first few days, Macy’s seemed to be ignoring people’s questions and concerns.

Today, Macy’s has posted a reply on its Facebook page. The response lays out precisely why we need Macy’s, as a major jewelry retailer, to sign on to the “Golden Rules”



“Occupy” Macy’s Facebook page and urge them to say no to dirty gold!

December 12, 2011 • Nick Magel

Today people are occupying Macy's Facebook page to tell them it's time to sign on to the "Golden Rules"!

Do you think Macy's customers want their gold jewelry:
mined by children's hands,
poisoning communities' drinking water,
or violating human rights?

We think they don't.
But dirty gold does all these things. That's why we created the Golden Rules of Responsible Metals Sourcing: to enlist jewelry retailers – who account for more than 80% of the world's gold mine production – to pressure the mining industry to eliminate dirty gold.

Unfortunately, Macy's – unlike eight of the other top 10 gold retailers in the U.S. – has refused to commit to the Golden Rules. That's why over ten thousand people emailed Macy's last week demanding they help clean up dirty gold. Now the message is spreading to Facebook. People are flooding Macy's Facebook page to tell them to sign on to the Golden Rules. We want to keep the pressure on!