Conducting business in an environmentally and socially responsible manner has long been an integral part of Silvari Jewels commitment to our stakeholders. We are joined by an increasing number of industry partners throughout our supply chain, who believe that by working together, our industry can affect real change.
Below you will see how Silvari works to implement ethical sourcing practices through all facets of our business.
Ethical Sourcing of Conflict-Free Diamonds
Diamonds are meant to be a gift of love, and we at Silvari Jewels abhor the way in which some gems have been used to fund conflict. To prevent the sale of conflict diamonds, governments, our industry and human-rights groups created the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in 2002, which today regulates 99% of the worldwide rough diamond supply.
We require all of our suppliers to provide us with a written warranty, stating that their diamonds come from Kimberley-certified sources and are not involved in funding conflict. The warranty statement, which was officially recognized at the creation of the Kimberley Process, reads:
"The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with the United Nations Resolutions. The seller hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the suppliers of these diamonds."
Responsible Gold Sourcing
Silvari Jewels is fully committed to the responsible sourcing of gold and other minerals that make their way into our jewelry products. Whenever possible, we procure recycled metals (including gold, platinum and sterling silver) to use in repairs and manufactured pieces. We believe gold should only be extracted and processed in a manner that respects the needs of people and the earth.
We strongly believe in the goals of the conflict minerals law, which Congress passed as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in order to target conflict minerals, including gold, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and surrounding region. Silvari Jewels fully condemns the use of any minerals to fund conflict in the DRC, in its adjoining countries or anywhere in the world. To increase adoption of these practices across our industry, we encourage our business partners to also adhere to the same responsible business practices.
With that in mind, we actively ask our suppliers to affirm to us, in writing, their commitment to the responsible sourcing of gold and do not conduct business with manufacturers who do not meet our standards for ethical sourcing of materials. We believe a commitment to responsible gold must include suppliers, to ensure that responsible practices are addressed at every point in the supply chain. Without the engagement of all segments of our industry, retailers' individual pledges to source responsibly will not be meaningful.