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COMPASSIONATE GOLD
Our Story
Compassionate Gold is the brand of gold obtained from the Philippine artisanal and small-scale mining sector, produced without child labour and hazardous work and crafted with care for the welfare of the people and mining communities; as well as the environment. Compassionate Gold follows international norms such as the Minamata Convention, that of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and International Labour Standards and ILO Convention (ILO C 138: Minimum Age ; ILO C 182: WFCL; ILO C 176: OSH in Mines and ILO Recommendation 204: Transition from Informal to Formal Economy). It puts the welfare of the people, the future of children without child labour, and the planet at the center of artisanal and small-scale gold mining.
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COMPASSIONATE GOLD

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What makes Compassionate Gold Transformative?

Compassionate Gold…

part of formal economy

legally operated

employs environmentally-sound practices

does not use mercury

promotes decent working conditions

has no gender inequality

has no child labor

does not contribute to armed conflict

has transparent supply chains

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When will Compassionate be available?

The model for the production of Compassionate Gold is the municipality of T’boli, South Cotabato. The local government; national government agencies; mining groups and associations; communities, NGOs, miners, their families and communities, and the International Labour Or-ganization, BAN Toxics and the U.S. Department of Labor are all working together to ensure its production.

Watch out for our full launch this November, 2018!

Compassionate Gold is an offshoot of the CARING Gold Project, a partnership between the International Labour Organization Country Office for the Philippines and BAN Toxics to reduce child labour and improve working conditions in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities. Implementation of the Project is being done in three municipalities: Labo and Par-acale in Camarines Norte; and T’boli in South Cotabato.

CARING Gold
MINING PROJECT
The CARING Gold Mining Project is a U.S Department of Labour (DOL) funded project by implementing partners BAN Toxics and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The project, also named Convening Actors to Develop and Implement Strategies to Reduce Child Labour and Improve Working Conditions in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining, aims to address child labour and exploitation issues as well as harsh working conditions in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities.

It intends to support the legalization and regulation of small -scale mining through the establishment of People’s Small-Scale Mines or Minahang Bayan. Through its formalization, the ASGM sector will now comply with environmental, health, and labour standards.

The project operates through the cooperation of the local government units and communities in the pilot sites Jose Panganiban, Labo, and Paracale in the province of Camarines Norte and T’boli in South Cotabato; and government agencies such as the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

CARING Gold Mining Project components are:
1. Strengthening of laws, policies and action plans and their enforcement and implementation to better address child labour and working conditions in ASGM;
2. Facilitating the access of vulnerable households living in ASGM communities to social protection and livelihood programmes and supporting their transition to formal operations;
3. Setting up and operationalization of mechanisms to increase transparency and monitoring of child labour and working conditions in gold mining supply chains, particularly ASGM, by mandated Government agencies and mining related stakeholders;
4. Setting up of global networks to reduce child labour and to improve working conditions in ASGM; and
5. Supporting and disseminating innovative solutions to reduce child labour and working conditions in ASGM.
BAN Toxics
OUR HISTORY
BAN Toxics was established in 2006 to respond to urgent waste issues besetting the Philippines. The organization was founded by public interest lawyer Richard Gutierrez whose work with US-based Basel Action Network (BAN), a campaigning organization dedicated to ending toxic waste trade, compelled him to form a similar organization based in the global south which was at the receiving end of the trade in hazardous wastes.

Over the years we have worked on issues related to toxic chemicals and waste and environmental justice. Together with allied environmental groups, we exposed the scandalous waste provisions in the Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA). We raised the alarm on the rising volume of e-waste shipments to the Philippines which were being improperly dismantled and disposed in landfills.

We have also worked to promote awareness about harmful chemicals and the sound management of chemicals at all levels, through policy engagement with government agencies and policy makers, projects on the ground with communities and the Toxics-Free Schools Program (TFSP) with students.

Our pioneering work is focused on the sound management of mercury through successful policy and community engagements. We worked extensively on awareness programs and policy proposals on the handling of mercury-containing fluorescent lighting, including compact fluorescent lights, mercury-laden dental amalgam, and on the updating of the government’s Chemical Control Order for mercury.

We are one of the first NGOs to work closely with poverty-driven artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities in order to transform and uplift the sector. ASGM is the largest source of mercury emissions in the Philippines as well as globally. Our continuing programs have aimed to reduce and eliminate mercury use in ASGM mining processes and at the same time promote the empowerment of women and children, help improve labor conditions, and advocate for the formalization of the largely unrecognized artisanal and small-scale mining sector.
BAN Toxics
OUR MANDATE
• Promote environmental justice in the Philippines and Asia, ensuring that developing countries in the region do not bear a disproportionate burden of pollution coming from developed countries;

• Prevent toxic trade in products, wastes and technologies, particularly trade from developed to developing countries in Asia through the promotion of self-sufficiency in waste management, clean production, toxics use reduction and other sustainable and equitable practices or methodologies;

• Reach out and work in solidarity and partnership with allied groups locally and regionally, striving to instill a broader consciousness of the interrelatedness of each community and each country within the region and to uphold our collective fundamental human right to life and right to live in a healthy and peaceful environment;

• Promote a new earth economics that accounts for nature’s services and the disservices from pollution that internalizes all costs including those transferred to the global commons, disenfranchised communities, the environment and the future; and

• Develop local and regional initiatives through research, investigation and policy dialogue with government and grassroots organizations in order to actively share information and expertise.
Meet our

DEVELOPERS

Christopher G. Toledo
Back-end Developer

He is currently taking Bachelor of Science in Computer Science major in Computer Networks Engineering at Polytechnic University of the Philippines. 19 years old.

Dgeiricho B. Reyes
Back-end Developer

He is currently taking Bachelor of Science in Computer Science major in Computer Networks Engineering at Polytechnic University of the Philippines. 20 years old.

Loyd Joseph B. Faz
Back-end Developer

He is currently taking Bachelor of Science in Computer Science major in Computer Networks Engineering at Polytechnic University of the Philippines. 19 years old.

Mary Yvonne C. Ritual
Front-end Developer

She is currently taking Bachelor of Science in Computer Science major in Computer Networks Engineering at Polytechnic University of the Philippines. 19 years old.

John Carlo C. Arcilla
Quality Assurance

He is currently taking Bachelor of Science in Computer Science major in Computer Networks Engineering at Polytechnic University of the Philippines. 19 years old.

Lloyd Zapanta
Graphic Designer

Studied Journalism at Polytechnic University of the Philippines.