Apple has announced a new partnership with non-profit organization RESOLVE to find new innovative ways to source gold responsibly.
Shared within an update to the Apple Newsroom on Tuesday, Apple said it will begin working solely with miners who restore and improve land used for gold mining as part of RESOLVE’s “Salmon Gold” program which in partnership with environmentalists and government agencies helps minimise the impact mining has on the environment and local wildlife.
Apple says: “There are hundreds of small and large placer mining operations in Alaska actively producing gold in the US. Placer mining sites sit along creeks and streams, giving miners the chance to re-mine for any nuggets or fine gold left over from the Yukon’s Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1890s. – Meanwhile, since 1991, 12 Pacific salmon runs have been listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These routes that salmon use to make their run to their spawning beds each year are often adjacent to placer mining sites.”
“RESOLVE, a nonprofit organization tackling some of the planet’s most critical challenges through innovative, unexpected partnerships, wants to fix that. Their proposal: Combine re-mining with restoration to improve the streams and open them back up for salmon, grayling and other fish species to return.”
“Since RESOLVE first introduced the Salmon Gold partnership in 2017, the organization is connecting local placer miners, environmentalists and government agencies in order to course correct the damage done from historic mining in the region. Apple [and] Tiffany & Co will source gold from these miners who have committed to restore and improve the land they’re operating on when they’re done.”