Precious metals often utilized as a desired standard of achievement, are synonymous with prosperity and power due to their history of shaping world’s economies and being the first global monetary standard. We fully acknowledge that to this day, precious metals such as gold retain universal world-wide value and therefore are a desirable standard of achievement, but suggest they are also synonymous with a history of human suffering as well as ecological destruction.
The gold standard often used as a desired standard of achievement supports mining operations that utilize slavery as a source of labor and produce negative environmental externalities. It is because of this that we struggle to view precious metals as an appropriate benchmark for a just and sustainable world. Our rating system therefore utilizes stars in place of precious metals: bronze = 1 star, silver = 2 stars, gold = 3 stars, and platinum = 4 stars. We chose stars because people make a connection to receiving stars and success. As early as elementary school we are rewarded with hand-drawn stars or stickers on our homework. It is because of this positive connection people have with stars that we chose to use them as our award.
To learn more about this topic please consider reviewing the following:
Mining Gold in a Conflict Zone: The Context, Ramifications, and Lessons of AngloGold Ashanti’s Activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Brandon Prosansky http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/jihr5&div=13&g_sent=1&collection=journals#24Why 3
Free the Slaves is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to ending slavery world-wide. https://www.freetheslaves.net/ghana/