Tabula announces access to transparently sourced gold

Tabula announces access to transparently sourced gold
Tabula announces access to transparently sourced gold

European ETF provider Tabula has announced the launch of an ESG-focused physical gold ETC (exchange-traded commodity), the SMO Physical Gold ETC (Bloomberg: BARS LN).

BARS is the first exchange-traded physical gold product to offer full traceability of gold bars from mine to vault, using a small number of named mines adhering to high ESG standards.

It is the only physical gold ETC in the market where every ounce of gold can be traced to a carefully selected mine, accredited with the highest responsibility standards.

Each gold mine used has been independently audited, with data to demonstrate they provide vital social, environmental and cultural support to local communities.

In addition, no gold is of Russian origin, none is recycled gold of unknown provenance, and no mercury is used in the extraction process.

As well as only using gold from a small number of named mines, BARS will provide full traceability across the supply chain, and is designed to provide the same level of liquidity, efficiency and security as existing physical gold ETCs.

Tabula CEO Michael John Lytle commented: “Gold production is highly fragmented with multiple countries, companies and mines producing the precious metal. Quality control has historically focused on ensuring purity of the metal in the bars.

“However, with only 4% of gold being traceable, there are serious ESG risks in the gold supply chain from potential human rights abuses, environmental degradation, possible financing of conflict and terrorism, money laundering and sanctions evasion. Some of the world’s largest major gold producers fail basic ESG screens and existing standards in the gold industry are not sufficient.”

Single Mine Origin (SMO) Limited, an independent company set up in 2017, conducts extensive due diligence and ongoing monitoring of the participating mining companies, mines and refiners, and oversees and documents every step of the supply chain.

SMO co-founder Charlie Betts said: “The only way to properly assess the social and environmental impacts of gold is to have full traceability across the supply chain. Proper accountability is not possible without this degree of transparency.

“The launch of the SMO Physical Gold ETC addresses the shortcomings of many existing gold investment options, by only sourcing gold from mines adhering to international best practice and openly sharing their ESG data.”

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