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Take Action Today: Call Costco. It's time for clean gold!

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By Nick Magel

August 29, 2011

Intag No MinaWe know you care about human rights, fair labor, and environmental protection.

From Ghana, to Peru, to Romania, to Colombia gold is wreaking havoc on communities, and destroying ecosystems as a new mining blitz on this precious metal takes hold.

It's time for Costco, one of the nation's leading gold retailers, to step up and use their purchasing power to help transform the gold industry.

Right now they are not.

You've swamped Costco's Facebook, now it's time to swamp their phones! We need to make sure Costco not only hears our demands for clean gold practices, but also listens. By signing on to the No Dirty Gold Campaign's Golden Rules, Costco would show their commitment to clean gold.

Unfortunately, Costco is content with its current policies; they don't see a reason to sign on to the Golden Rules. But with your help, we can change their minds.

Call Costco's leadership, and urge them to sign the Golden Rules. Remind Costco that this is a great opportunity for Costco to join the other top retailers in the country who are calling for cleaner gold sourcing. If you don't get an answer right away, simply ask to leave a message and request that he call you back.

Don't know what to say? Here are some examples:

1. Hi, I'm calling to urge Jim Sinegal and Costco to sign on to the No Dirty Gold campaign. I want to know that Costco is doing its part to ensure that the gold it sells is not tainted with human rights abuses or pollution. Please sign on to the Golden Rules. Your customers deserve better. Thank you.

CALL NOW: Muriel Cooper, Community Relations & Corporate Responsibility (425) 313-6182 or Karen Paulsell, Assistant to CEO, Spokesperson (425) 313-8565

2. Hi, I'm calling to ask if you to explain why Costco is lagging behind in signing on to the No Dirty Gold campaign. I want Costco to show me that they support human rights, fair labor, and environmental protection by signing on to the Golden Rules.

CALL NOW: Muriel Cooper, Community Relations & Corporate Responsibility (425) 313-6182 or Karen Paulsell, Assistant to CEO, Spokesperson (425) 313-8565

3. Hi, I'm calling because I am a Costco shopper and am disappointed that you are lagging behind other major retailers when it comes to responsible gold. Please sign Earthworks' Golden Rules so when I return to Costco, I know I'm shopping at a company that cares about people and the environment.

CALL NOW: Muriel Cooper, Community Relations & Corporate Responsibility (425) 313-6182 or Karen Paulsell, Assistant to CEO, Spokesperson (425) 313-8565

After your call, and this is important, please send me an email at nmagel@earthworksaction.org or post on our Facebook Page about your experience. How did Costco answer your questions? It's important for us to keep track of Costco's response and the impact that their customers' calls are having. Together we can get Costco to commit to the Golden Rules!

Tagged with: no dirty gold, golden rules, costco

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