Our commitment to corporate social responsibility includes charitable sponsorship and philanthropic programs while ensuring that our jewelry is crafted—and our precious materials procured—in a responsible manner. We are a certified member of the Responsible Jewelry Council (“RJC”) and comply with the Kimberley Process governing the purchase of precious gemstones. All Harry Winston suppliers must certify that they maintain ethical business practices, and comply with applicable laws and regulations, including protecting basic human rights wherever they operate.
As a member of the RJC, we are independently audited against the Responsible Jewelry Code of Practices – an international standard on responsible business practices for diamonds, gold and platinum group metals. The Code of Practices addresses human rights, employment and labor standards, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure, and other relevant topics in the jewelry supply chain. We require all employees who work on supply chain management to understand the RJC Code of Practices. Employees are trained to investigate violations of the Code of Practices and take appropriate action up to and including terminating agreements with vendors who have demonstrated egregious or uncorrected material violations.
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010
In accordance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, Harry Winston monitors its relationships with suppliers against the risk of human trafficking and slavery, and if potential risks are identified, the company takes appropriate steps to address the situation. Specifically, the RJC provides to Harry Winston Third-party verification of Harry Winston’s supply chain and certification that Harry Winston adheres to all of the standards in its Code of Practices, which includes issues of human trafficking and slavery. Independently, outside of the RJC requirements, Harry Winston undertakes to require suppliers to adhere to the respective laws of their country regarding human trafficking and slavery and directs company management to ensure that employees are accountable for guarding against such risks; disciplinary action is taken if any failure to do so is discovered.