Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Top Four for Jewelry Companies


Do you love jewelry? Do you want to love jewelry and be a good consumer simultaneously? Then, here are a couple of jewelry companies to stay away from:

1) Jostner

2) Wal-Mart

3) Rolex


Click here to see why these three companies are not so good.

See below for better alternatives!

1) Ten Thousand Villages
Scroll down to view some great articles on the fabulous retailer.


2) Zale Corporation
Quick Fact: North America's largest fine jewelry retailer

Zale Corporation takes ethical practices very seriously.

Click here to find out more information.

Also, Zale Corporation has a Vendor Code of Conduct.

3) Signet Corporation
Quick Fact: member of Council for Responsible Jewelry Practices

Did you know that Signet Corporation is a member of the No Dirt Gold Campaign? click here to find out more information!

Signet values Corporate Social Responsibility.

We have a responsibility to provide for all our employees:

  • a healthy and safe work environment
  • fair terms, conditions of service and rewards
  • a work environment that values diversity and does not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination on any ground or at any level
  • equal opportunities
  • training and career paths, while encouraging employees to take individual ownership of their own development
  • work-home life balance, respecting our employees' own commitments and responsibilities to family and friends.
Click Here to finish reading about Signet's ethical practices.



4) Tiffany & Co.
Quick Fact: member of Council for Responsible Jewelry Practices

On the Tiffany & Co. website, it says that the company "broadens the scope of its corporate giving efforts with grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the education and preservation of the arts and environmental conservation."

The No Dirty Gold Campaign names Tiffany as one of the top retailers of jewelry.

If you're wondering what CRJP is all about...check this out.



The Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices


The Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices (CRJP , “the Council”) was founded in May 2005 with Members from a cross section of the diamond and gold jewellery supply chain, from mine to retail.

Council Members are committed to promoting responsible business practices in a transparent and accountable manner throughout the industry from mine to retail. Their commitment aims to maintain consumer confidence in diamond and gold jewellery products and the trust of all interested stakeholders in their industry.

Council members believe that a coordinated worldwide approach to addressing ethical, social and environmental challenges will drive continuous improvement throughout the jewellery industry to the benefit of our stakeholders everywhere. This, in turn, will maintain and promote consumer confidence in our industry. The Council will enable the industry to work together to improve standards and practices, and reduce duplication of efforts as a result.


To give you a little bit of helpful information on Tiffany & Co.,

THE TIFFANY & CO. FOUNDATION PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Since its inception in 1837, Tiffany & Co. has been guided by the belief that a successful company has a responsibility to the greater community. Through The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, the company broadens the scope of its corporate giving efforts with grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the education and preservation of the arts and environmental conservation

Environment
Mission
It is from nature that Tiffany & Co. draws the raw materials and inspiration that have shaped the company's design heritage. The mission of the foundation's Environment Program is to support organizations dedicated to the conservation of natural resources in the areas of responsible mining, coral reef conservation and land protection.

Strategies
The Environment Program seeks to accomplish its mission both domestically and internationally by promoting collaboration and capacity building in the following areas:

*Responsible Mining
The foundation supports capacity building to promote responsible mining.

*Coral Reef Conservation
The foundation supports research as well as community-led work promoting the conservation of our coral reefs.

*Land Protection
The foundation supports the implementation of comprehensive land conservation strategies. Support will focus on communities in which Tiffany & Co. operates.

Arts
*Mission
Since 1837, Tiffany & Co. has held a strong belief that good design is good business. The foundation has a special appreciation and commitment to advance the arts by supporting the critically important work of educational, artistic, and cultural institutions dedicated to design excellence and to preserving the past and enriching the present and future. Tiffany & Co. is proud of its American heritage and it is in this vein that the foundation supports bringing premier American arts and cultural institutions to international audiences.

*Strategies
The Arts Program seeks to accomplish its mission in the following areas:

*Promoting America's Premier Cultural Institutions
The foundation supports cultural institutions in New York City that promote the arts in the City and internationally, including performances, exhibitions, seminars and educational programs which engage, inspire and inform the public.

*Preservation and Conservation
The foundation supports organizations that preserve the historic and cultural legacy of the arts through the preservation and conservation of national treasures. In addition, the foundation believes that skilled craftspeople are an essential ingredient to the field of arts and culture. The foundation awards grants to institutions providing talented artisans with the necessary instruction to become highly skilled professionals in jewelry and metalsmithing.

*Decorative Arts
The foundation supports undergraduate and graduate educational institutions and programs dedicated to the study of jewelry and silver design. In addition, the foundation supports academic scholarship of American jewelry at the graduate and post-graduate level and bringing this study to the international level. The foundation also makes grants to exhibitions which focus on jewelry and silver.

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