RCA research into gold supply chain sustainability showcased through online event
What does sustainability mean in our world today? How do government sustainability policies impact gold supply chains? An online event hosted by the Scottish Goldsmiths Trust in association with the RCA, will tackle these questions.
Taking place on 22 and 23 June 2021, ‘Sustainability in the 21st Century: how policies impact gold supply chains’ features a series of talks and panel discussions with industry experts, initiative leaders and policy professionals. The event will draw on the latest RCA research into how ethical gold certification schemes and industry initiatives interact with regional and national government policies.
The project has identified the key role played by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. First published in 2011, this obscure document has since exerted an enormous influence on legislation focusing on responsible mineral sourcing, including gold sourcing, around the world. It has directly informed laws passed in the US, EU, UK and Switzerland.
Later this year, the research team will be producing reports covering the relationships between Holyrood, the circular economy and sustainable sourcing, and developments over the past year at Westminster, Brussels and Zurich relating to corporate due diligence and ethical gold sourcing.
The project will continue until summer 2022 and will include further public events next year.
‘Sustainability in the 21st Century: how policies impact gold supply chains’ is taking place online 22–23 June, 10–12 am.