Fair Ethical Trade
Creating a valuable product is no longer just about sourcing the best materials, having high quality values and demonstrating brilliant creativity and fine craftsmanship…
It’s also about knowing that everyone on the supply chain behaves consciously with positive values.
RDL is an agent for positive and ethical dealings in the communities and societies in which raw stones and precious metals are sourced with goals that promote growth for these communities and the businesses it supplies.
Fair trade means that producers have shown that small-scale miners working on extracting the stones and precious metals and/or ore were paid fairly and can invest in living and working conditions in their communities.
Because RDL has solid foundations and background in the mining industry in Africa she is passionate about ethical mining practices and is totally transparent in providing information regarding the entire supply chain’s operations and practises.
RDL insists that all raw material and final products are made according to fair trade principles set by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) and the British Association of Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS) – dedicated to trading fairly.
It may be that some materials used do not have a set Fairtrade standard, but the groups RDL works with operate within a certain set of fair trade guidelines.
Fair Trade Foundation
The Fairtrade Foundation is the body that licences the use of its Fairtrade mark on products in the UK (look out for its distinctive label, and note the one-word spelling). Only certain materials have a set standard.
It brought in the gold mark in 2011 and the silver one in 2013, meaning The British designers on this list all currently source their gold from Peru, but there are African mines in the pipeline to be accredited.
Some brands here may not have the UK Fairtrade mark, but might be members of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) or the British Association of Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS) and are dedicated to trading fairly.
Buying A Gemstone Helps Communities Grow – Supporting those who bring gemstone’s fascinating sparkle to life.
The most basic aspect of ethical production, (supply chain transparency), is one of the most difficult to achieve within the coloured gemstone mining sector. Simply because most minerals come from the poorest regions on earth, and pass through multiple hands on their way to market, most without any traceability.
In 2017, the World Bank estimated that at least 100 million people (workers and families) worldwide are involved in artisanal mining, the types of mines producing precious metals and gemstones.
However, coloured gemstone artisanal mining feeds millions of families that might not eat otherwise – and their practices should not immediately be judged or derided, as there are simply too many factors at stake.
The goal is to help them mine safely, and make sure that enough mining revenue remains within their communities so they can invest in the clean water, schools, and other services.
However this takes time and effort and RDL is supporting foundations set up to improve the industry.
RDL is supporting global partners to have all stones recorded in Blockchain technology to show the path from source to client, documenting all the touch-points along the chain.
But as you can imagine, it is an enormous task and one that would take some time to implement and to perfect, as long as you know now, all stones are brought to you along a legitimate pathway.
What are conflict diamonds?
Until 2003, around 15% of the global diamond trade consisted of conflict diamonds, commonly referred to as blood diamonds. Especially African countries had a bad reputation.
Under the impetus of the United Nations and all countries concerned, the Kimberley procedure was developed. Since then, diamonds are accompanied by certificates to guarantee their purity.
Diamonds are monitored from the time they are mined right up to their being cut and sold. The rough stones are sealed in 36 ways and acquire 3 different export certificates.
Thanks to this approach, the proportion of conflict diamonds worldwide has dropped to a mere 0.2%.