This entire post is borrowed (copied) from The Enough Project. It was too good not to share.
Look who’s getting engaged!
Conflict-free Congo Gold. We need a chain of engagement to make that dream a reality. Today, illegally mined and smuggled gold from Congo is funding some of the world’s worst atrocities. Violence against women. The use of child soldiers. The destruction of communities.
A few visionary leaders in the jewelry world are working to change that, and the Enough Project is providing guidance. Read our new report “Going for Gold” to learn how Tiffany & Co. and Signet Jewelers (Jared, Zales and Kay) are leading the way. Now, companies can begin investing in mines free from control of armed groups. They can set up positive supply chain management. And they can directly support the needs of local communities.
How jewelry companies can get engaged
The Enough Project has gathered information from jewelry companies on these four main categories of engagement. We will announce the leaders on November 24th, 2014.
1. Conflict-Free Gold Sourcing: Is the company sourcing conflict-free gold from Congo?
2. Company Policy: Does the company have a policy articulating its commitment to gold sourcing practices that do not support armed conflict and gross human rights abuses, and has it shared that policy with its employees?
3. Engagement with Suppliers: Has the company engaged with its suppliers on its conflict gold policy and worked with them on strategies for sourcing conflict-free gold from Congo?
4. Participation in Conflict-Free Gold Initiatives in Congo: Is the company supporting programs to help build a conflict-free gold trade in Congo and the Great Lakes region, including alternative livelihoods and community development programs?
How you can get engaged
Thank the top Jewelry Companies for their Leadership
By taking action, you’re joining a movement. Together, we can work toward the day when we can walk into a store and buy jewelry made with Congo Gold. And feel great about it.