Tell Target to Embrace the Golden Rules for Responsible Gold
  • Petitioned Gregg Steinhafel

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Gregg Steinhafel
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Denise May
Senior VP
Mark Schindele

Tell Target to Embrace the Golden Rules for Responsible Gold

    1. Timothy Newman
    2. Petition by

      Timothy Newman

      Washington, DC

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March 2011

Victory

Update: After receiving over 22,000 letters from Change.org members and over 10,000 letters from Earthworks members, Target has signed the pledge to follow the "Golden Rules" and sell responsibly-sourced gold. This move marks Target's commitment to protecting the environment and the rights' of workers, as well as responding to customer demands for more information about where their purchases come from.

Thanks to Target, Earthworks, and the tens of thousands of people who took action on this campaign. Congratulations on your victory.

From the Philippines to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, gold mining often has devastating impacts on the workers, communities and the environment. Child labor, forced labor and other abuses of internationally recognized labor rights are widespread in this industry.  For example, gold was the most frequently named commodity appearing on the US Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child or Forced Labor from Africa to Asia to Latin America. But it does not have to be like this.

Over 70 of the largest jewelry retailers in the world have endorsed the No Dirty Gold campaign’s Golden Rules to take responsibility for the conditions under which gold is mined, but Target has lagged behind.  The Golden Rules include respecting worker rights and international labor standards as well as fully disclosing information about the social impact of gold mining and a number of other important principles. 

Tell Target to stop labor rights exploitation in the gold industry by joining other industry leaders in supporting – and fully implementing – the Golden Rules.

Photo credit: Jay Reed

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Lady Gaga: Tell Target Child Labor Isn't Golden

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Last month, pop superstar Lady Gaga partnered with Target to offer fans a special edition of her forthcoming album Born This Way. Gaga hoped that the partnership would also offer her the opportunity to work with Target to improve the company's...

    2. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Target has refused to respond to recent requests for a statement to their tens of thousands of customers who care about responsible gold. Let's keep the pressure up, and let them know we won't back down.

    3. Reached 20 signatures
    4. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Target is re-releasing their international line of clothing this week, but still refuses to stop profiting from international abuses in the gold industry:

    5. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Almost 20,00 signatures! Target is watching. Let's show them we mean business, and that business is clean gold!

    6. Reached 17 signatures
    7. Activists Send Target Facebook Bomb Demanding "No Dirty Gold"

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Target has spent the past several months dragging their feet and procrastinating meeting the jewelry industry standard by joining the "No Dirty Gold" campaign to prevent labor and environmental abuses in the gold industry. So today, a group of clean...

    8. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Target's Facebook wall just go bombed by clean gold activists! Check it out!

    9. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Target still hasn't followed through with their promise to work with Earthworks. Let's make sure they know promises must be acted upon.

    10. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      On their Facebook wall, Target is asking people how they'll bust out their spring style. Tell them you'd like to bust it out with gold jewelry from Target, but not until they join the No Dirty Gold campaign:

    11. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Target has agreed to get in touch with Earthworks and is considering signing onto the No Dirty Gold campaign! Great work everyone, and keep up the pressure.

    12. Target Refuses Customers' Demands for Child Labor-Free Gold

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      For months, thousands of Change.org members have been asking Target to sell gold jewelry made without child labor or forced labor.  Finally, a Target representative responded -- with two sentences of copy-and-paste PR boilerplate language that...

    13. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Keep up the pressure! Target's Facebook wall was covered in requests for responsible gold yesterday. Let's do it again today!

    14. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Have you left Target a Facebook message asking for responsible gold yet?

    15. Use Social Media to Tell Target to Stop Forced, Child Labor in Gold

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      The Change.org petition asking Target to do more to stop labor rights abuses in the gold it sources for jewelry has been taking off with well over 15,000 signatures. While Target's customers are demonstrating their deep concern about this issue, the...

    16. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Target is hosting a contest to style a cool look with their clothes and jewelry, but still won't offer accessories to consumers who think jewelry made from child labor is so last season.

    17. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Target is refusing to respond to your requests that they sell fair gold. Don't be ignored!

    18. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Looking for more ways to pressure Target to support responsible gold? Stay tuned for early next week!

    19. Reached 15 signatures
    20. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Target has a Facebook V-Day campaign telling you to buy jewelry. Tell them on their Facebook wall that you'll buy their jewelry if it's not made with forced or child labor!

    21. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      1-800-Flowers just made a commitment to ethical Valentine's gifts. Target should do the same!

    22. Reached 12 signatures
    23. Will Target's Valentine's Day Sales Support Child Labor?

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, the National Retail Federation is expecting consumers to spend $3.5 billion on jewelry for their sweethearts this year -- up from $3 billion last year. Discount stores and department stores are expected to be...

    24. 28 Die in Factory Fire Making Clothes for the Gap

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      The Bangladeshi garment industry is rife with labor abuses, taking advantage of the vulnerability of its primarily poor, female workforce. In a particularly shocking incident last week, 28 workers perished in a factory fire that never would have...

    25. Target Sells Gold Tarnished By Child and Forced Labor

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      This holiday shopping season, jewelry companies are releasing their most heart-warming commercials encouraging consumers to surprise their loved ones with bands and chains of gold. However, the global gold industry is tarnished by severe labor rights...

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    Reasons for signing

    • Marlene Urban-Funk DIVIDE, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      I was just planning a redo of my bedroom and thought of how I could get all the things I need from Target. My plans will change, I will not shop at Target until they sign on to stop child labor and get clean gold!

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    • Leslie Hudson NOLENSVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      Clean up your act, Target! Please stop buying gold from people who exploit innocents.

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    • stephen sellers MOMENCE, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      Furthermore, I'm cancelling credit with you too.

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    • Jean Leahy TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please 'target' the gold industry and deplore its use of child and slave labour and refuse the selling of jewelry and ther trinkets produced in this manner.

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    • Lauren Szczepanski HIGHLAND, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      Please make the change! It only makes sense!! Why would you want to be a part of something that hurts, and even kills, people!?!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

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