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      The ‘burden’ of traceability in gold supply chains

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      Journal of Fair Trade
      Pluto Journals
      gold, mining, responsible sourcing, ASM, business, extractives, supply chain, traceability, Fairtrade gold
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            Abstract

            Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) constitutes 15% (600 tonnes) of global gold production but, as a sector, remains largely veiled to both businesses and consumers in developed Western markets. The movement towards the ‘responsible sourcing’ of such gold is beginning to gain traction, especially in the jewellery sector, but has started some two decades after equivalent movements for responsible coffee, cocoa and tea, and is accompanied by its own - often surprising - challenges. This article provides an overview of both the ASM landscape and the challenges facing miners and supply chain actors in delivering responsibly mined gold to the point of end-consumer products. It concludes with two examples of mass-balance models that Fairtrade is introducing to drive increases in the volumes of responsibly mined gold sold from mine sites, which accounts for and responds to the ‘burden’ of full traceability for both large- and small-scale supply chain actors.

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            Journal
            10.2307/j50020019
            jfairtrade
            Journal of Fair Trade
            Pluto Journals
            2513-9525
            2513-9533
            1 June 2020
            : 2
            : 1 ( doiID: 10.13169/jfairtrade.2.issue-1 )
            : 22-26
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            jfairtrade.2.1.0022
            10.13169/jfairtrade.2.1.0022
            1c729c6d-aa2e-418f-a73a-81fac3f5034b
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            Education,Agriculture,Social & Behavioral Sciences,History,Economics
            ASM,extractives,supply chain,gold,mining,Fairtrade gold,responsible sourcing,business,traceability

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