The first step in making ethical jewelry is having a fair and safe workplace.
The factory we use is certified by a 3rd party for:
- ISO 9001 standard which covers quality and safety. The result is a great quality jewelry and many local awards for going years without serious worker injury. Employee satisfaction is demonstrated by low turnover with the average employment time being over two years.
ISO14001 which covers the factory's environmental management systems. The result is that the factory's air and water are stringently filtered to make sure the local environment is not polluted. In fact the factory's waste water is used to irrigate their two on site soccer fields.
It is also a member of SEDEX which is an ethical trade service organization which conducts the SMETA audit which looks at import points such as the ability of employees to air grievances, the ratio of males to females in management positions, and other key points such a specific Worker Well Being Assessment.