17. February 2020

Postponed: Basel Gold Day

Basel Gold Day flyer excerpt

**This event has been postponed due to the coronavirus. We will issue an update as soon as we know when we can hold the event.**

The University of Basel's Law Faculty will host Basel Gold Day on Friday, 8 May.

Led by Mark Pieth, Professor of Criminal Law and President of the Basel Institute on Governance, the workshop will gather gold industry leaders and experts to explore "How to obtain clean gold: the consumer perspective".

The event responds to growing public disquiet about environmental and human rights violations in the gold supply chain. Some of these issues were highlighted in a 2019 book by Mark Pieth, Gold Laundering. The book explored the effects on people and the planet of a lack of transparency in supply chains, soft regulations and weak enforcement.

NGOs and journalists are adding to the pressure for governments, regulators and companies to find solutions.

Basel Gold Day explores how to clean up gold supply chains from the point of view of the consumer. Topics include:

  • Do consumers demand clean gold or ask where it's come from?
  • What can refineries do, and where are their limits?
  • What are the dangers of boycotting gold from small-scale mining?
  • Is Collective Action the solution for industry?

Smaller working groups will tackle the challenges for goldsmiths and banks, miners and traders, and technology to eliminate mercury from small-scale gold processing.

Gretta Fenner, the Basel Institute's Managing Director, will chair one of the panels. Speakers include representatives from major refineries, watchmakers and jewellers, banks, NGOs and academia.


  • Download the draft agenda here (last updated 5 March 2020).
  • Please register by 7 April 2020 by emailing conference@pieth.ch. The workshop is free of charge for registered participants. Please note that space is limited – first come, first served.