January 04 2014

Cred Brings Fairtrade & Fairmined Silver To The UK

The arrival of World's first certified Silver in the UK marks a huge turning point in the future of ethical jewellery.

As we approach the anniversary of 2 years since the launch of the mark for gold, and following 10 years of pioneering work of CRED Jewellery bringing fairly traded gold directly from the miners to the consumer, the arrival of certified Silver marks a huge turning point in the future of ethical jewellery. 

Since 2003 CRED Jewellery has been working directly with miners, developing standards to ensure safe working practices and a fair wage for the miners, to develop their communities and protect the environment, and ensuring a transparent supply chain for the gold. These standards became the foundation of the Fairtrade and Fairmined certification for gold mines that was launched on Valentine’s Day 2011.

The first certified silver, which CRED brought back from Peru in December, comes from the Sotrami mine, one of the mines certified as Fairtrade and Fairmined. The silver is found in small quantities alongside the deposits of gold, and so receives the same mark.

CRED have now contributed over $100,000 in Fairtrade premiums to the mining communities in Peru, Bolivia & Colombia. As well as providing miners with good working conditions and a steady & fair income, the real story is of the impact the 10% Fairtrade premium is making to the local communities, investing in socio-economic areas.