2015-Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit
SIPS 2015 Volume 4: Meech Intl. Symp. / Mining Operations

Editors:Kongoli F, Veiga MM, Anderson C
Publisher:Flogen Star OUTREACH
Publication Year:2015
Pages:275 pages
ISSN:2291-1227 (Metals and Materials Processing in a Clean Environment Series)
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    Feasibility Study for a Fairtrade Gold Centre of Excellence Programme

    Ruby Stocklin Weinberg1; Marcello Veiga2; Alison Stockwell3;
    1MILLER-PREISWERK, Vancouver, Canada; 2UBC-MINING, Vancouver, Canada; 3UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, Vancouver, Canada;
    Type of Paper: Regular
    Id Paper: 427
    Topic: 4


    This paper is based on a study for Fairtrade that develops ways to sustain the impact of the Fairtrade Gold pilot programme in East Africa and expand the reach of responsible mining practices, building a sustainable supply chain of gold from the region. One potential way of expanding the reach of the Fairtrade Gold pilot could be through a 'Centres of Excellence'. A Centre of Excellence could promote responsible mining in line with the Fairtrade standard for gold, using certified mining organizations as beacons of best practice or 'Centres of Excellence' for the rest of the sector. The paper assesses the feasibility and potential impact of a Fairtrade Gold 'Centres of Excellence' programme in East Africa, including its potential structure, scope, operational management and funding. The paper argues that a Centre of Excellence in artisanal and small-scale mining is too ambitious; rather, Fairtrade should develop a less formal Learning & Training Centre, which can allow artisanal miners to build their knowledge through a train the trainer and peer-to-peer learning programme.


    Gold; Mining; Sustainability;


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    Stocklin Weinberg R, Veiga M, Stockwell A. Feasibility Study for a Fairtrade Gold Centre of Excellence Programme. In: Kongoli F, Veiga MM, Anderson C, editors. Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit SIPS 2015 Volume 4: Meech Intl. Symp. / Mining Operations. Volume 4. Montreal(Canada): FLOGEN Star Outreach. 2015. p. 107-116.