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"Fair trade gold": a key to alleviating mercury pollution in sub-Saharan Africa

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Journal publication date2010
JournalInternational Jounal of Environment and Pollution
Number of pages13
Original languageEnglish


This paper critically assesses the ability of 'Fair Trade' gold to reduce mercury usage in small-scale gold mines through standard setting. It identifies the barriers – both practical and theoretical – that must be overcome to bring such an initiative to fruition. It concludes by questioning the auditing approach, asking whether the tenets of Fair-Trade-discourse of 'partnership' and 'responsibility' are conceptually shared by operators it has targeted.