Delance and Transparence
Delance partners with Transparence to find an eco-gold source that does just that: Respects the environment, improves the lives of the miners and makes social justice a reality in mining communities.
Making ethical sourcing for DELANCE collection a reality
Giselle Rufer and Veerle van Wauwe, founder of Transparence S.A., share the belief that the responsibility of business goes beyond shareholders and employees, requires responding to the needs of those the business impacts; its community, the environment as well as the people in its value chain.
Giselle and Veerle share a passion for living their values in their enterprises. As mothers they wish to inspire others to catalyse change. As entrepreneurs they wish to give a deeper meaning to luxury,
“The ultimate luxury is socially and environmentally responsible luxury”
About ethical gold sourcing
Today this is produced by Artisanal and small scale mining communities in the Puna region, Jujuy, Argentina and in the Choco region, Colombia. No Mercury, no cyanide is used in the extraction process and a sound environmental conservation plan is developed with local communities in order to reduce the impact of the mining activities.
Transparence supports alternative livelihoods creation in order to reduce poverty in these artisanal mining communities. Apart from supporting additional grass root level initiatives in Senegal and Peru, Transparence is also active at the international level encouraging supply creation, through partnering with the Global Mercury Partnership (a UNEP and UNIDO initiative). Transparence acts as an industry driving force, to duplicate and further expand the current best in class projects that they have qualified in Argentina (Eco Andina) and Colombia (Oro Verde). Both produce gold with mercury-free, cyanide-free methods.
Transparence is also actively searching to qualify and promote chemical free artisanal mining techniques and supports through partners the development of other pilots.