Towards Sustainable Pro-Poor Development ? A Critical Assessment of Fair Trade Gold

Titre Towards Sustainable Pro-Poor Development ? A Critical Assessment of Fair Trade Gold
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Titre du périodique Journal of Cleaner Production
Date 2018
Pagination 29 p.
Résumé Abstract : « This paper reflects critically on the progress made towards implementing Fair Trade gold programs capable of empowering subsistence artisanal miners in developing countries. Drawing on interviews with ‘ethical’ jewellers and officials at certification bodies, the very parties which have conceived and are ultimately driving these initiatives, it is argued that despite being projected as ‘pro-poor’, schemes are not empowering, nor in many cases even targeting, impoverished mining groups. Further analysis reveals that officials at certification bodies are chiefly responsible for this. Many have used stories of poor miners to engage ‘ethical’ jewellers enamoured with the idea of potentially alleviating poverty in developing countries through purchasing gold that can also be traced to the source. The case study reinforces claims that what constitutes ‘fair’ differs markedly throughout the supply chain. »

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