Fairtrade Gold Africa

Recently I attended an event at the Goldsmiths Centre in Clerkenwell for the launch of Fairtrade gold in Africa.  The first Fairtrade mine in Nigeria is now open, which is amazing news.  This means that the working conditions have been transformed.  The miners receive a fair wage for the work that they do.  The working conditions adhere to health and safety regulations and the practice of extracting the gold is sustainable.  The communities around the mines also benefit from the changes, the children are now able to go to school and the living conditions have also improved.  This sets a presidence for other mines in Africa and it would be good to see many more mines taking up the mantle of Fairtrade, to improve the lifestyle and lives of the people who work in the industry.