Tboli gold strutted the runway and took center-stage as it joined the Philippine Fashion Week in Discovery Primea Hotel, Makati City last November 23 to promote artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) in the country through its brand, Compassionate Gold.
Tboli, a pilot model for the production of compassionate gold last 2017, promotes mining, extraction, and production of gold that also gives importance to human welfare.
These gold were obtained following responsible methods approved by Minimata Convention and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and “sourced from legal mines, certified mercury-free, child labor-free” ASGM sector, Ban Toxics said.
“We salute BAN Toxics for giving good attention to the mining industry in the people. You could be fashionable and glamorous and at the same time more on the safer side,”‘ said Philippine Fashion Week Co-founder Joey Espino as he opened the show.
The fashionable event was attended by socialites, elites, fashion designers, fashion enthusiasts, and compassionate gold advocates.
“This endeavor is a celebration of partnership not only with the Philippine Fashion Week but also with the local partners from South Cotabato,” said Ban Toxics Deputy Executive Director Reynaldo San Juan Jr.
Compassionate Gold was launched under the CARING Gold project of Ban Toxics, a non-government, non-profit, environmental organization that aims to uplift the ASGM sector and help reduce child labor cases in ASGM communities in partnership with International Labour Organization.
Compassionate Gold advocates environmentally-sustainable future through the use of sound chemical and waste management practices that are friendly to one’s health and the environment.