An independently audited set of benchmarks created by Fairtrade International connects goldsmiths, such as us here at McCaul Goldsmiths, to miners, through a transparent and traceable supply chain. The Fairtrade certificate ensures workers in these small scale gold mines earn a guaranteed minimum price for their gold. They also receive a premium to spend on improving their businesses or on community projects, such as education, clean water and healthcare. Fairtrade Gold Standard includes strict requirements on working conditions, health and safety, handling chemicals, women’s rights, child labour, and protection of the environment including water sources and forests. Although there is a slight cost differential to use Fairtrade Gold in any given piece, at McCaul Goldsmiths we have taken the decision not to profit from the use of Fairtrade metal over regular metal. We are proud to be part of the Fairtrade goldsmiths scheme, find us here: McCaul Fairtrade details.