Force Costco to Stop Selling Dirty Gold

Target:Costco Jewelers

Goal: To urge Costco to agree to uphold the standards of the No Dirty Gold Campaign and put a stop to forced child labor.

When the blockbuster movie Blood Diamond was released in 2006, the world was made vaguely aware of the conflict and human rights violations that occur as a result of the international diamond trade. What the world may not be aware of is that the same human rights violations occur in the gold mining industry.

We must persuade Costco, one of the largest jewelry vendors in the United States, to join the 80 plus jewelry companies who have already endorsed the No Dirty Gold campaign and joined the fight against illegal labor that produces “dirty gold”.

Forced, illegal, unregulated, and child labor related to the gold industry are very serious human rights violations. Mining is a difficult and often unhealthy means of employment that affects millions of children all over the world. This is a form of modern slavery that forces workers as young as 5 to work long hours without pay. These workers are often injured, maimed, punished, or killed searching dangerous mines for gold.

With enough support and awareness this industry can be regulated. By endorsing and supporting the No Dirty Gold campaign, you can help give children back their childhood and stop international forced labor in the gold mining industry.

Many companies have already joined the fight, now it is Costco’s turn. Costco is one of the largest jewelry retailers in the United States, and their hesitation to agree to the terms of the No Dirty Gold campaign is raising eyebrows. By agreeing to these standards, Costco would simply require that miners and distributing companies offer complete transparency about the social, environmental, and economic impact that gold mining has on their communities.

By signing this petition you can ensure that fine jewelry companies all over the world, including Costco, join the fight for the fair and legal treatment of gold miners. A signature is a small price to pay to ensure that a child gets to enjoy childhood for one more day.


Dear Costco,

I strongly support the No Dirty Gold campaign and its efforts to stop unnecessary and cruel forms of gold extraction that affect millions of men, women, and children in gold-producing countries.

I am very concerned that you have chosen not to follow the trend of fair trade gold, as many of your competitors have chosen to do. You are an industry giant, and your compliance with the No Dirty Gold campaign will pave the way for everyone in the fine jewelry industry. By agreeing to the parameters of this campaign you could help put an end to child labor and help improve the standards for the entire industry.

As a result, I respectfully urge you to agree to the terms and conditions of the No Dirty Gold campaign and prevent the continued abuse of children by international gold miners.

[Your Name Will Go Here]

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