California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Disclosure
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.
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.
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010
Harry Winston, Inc. condemns modern slavery and human trafficking as violations of fundamental human rights. We are committed to both ethical and responsible conduct in all of our business operations. In accordance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, we have the following measures in place to prevent the risk of slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains:
- RJC provides to Harry Winston third-party verification of Harry Winston’s supply chain that Harry Winston adheres to all of the standards in the RJC Code of Practices, which include the issues of human trafficking and slavery;
- 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;
- We direct our supplier’s company management to ensure that their employees are accountable for guarding against such risks; disciplinary action, up to and including termination is taken with suppliers who have demonstrated egregious or uncorrected material violations; and
- Employees are trained to investigate violations of the RJC Code of Practices, which include the issues of slavery and human trafficking.
Harry Winston Inc. has published a statement of compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act through our parent company, The Swatch Group Ltd.
At Harry Winston, we take the sourcing of our diamonds and gemstones very seriously. We perform our due diligence prior to purchasing, to ensure the gemstones used in the manufacturing of our jewelry collections are obtained responsibly, ethically, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Harry Winston has not sourced directly from Myanmar, but rather from trusted and verified suppliers, who confirmed through written assurance that their rubies and jadeite, of Burmese origin, were imported during a period of time when there were no international sanctions. The Company also took additional measures to verify the importation dates and country of origin documentation for all of its Burmese gemstones were in compliance with current and prior international sanctions.
In its ongoing commitment to responsible and ethical sourcing, the House of Harry Winston will no longer source gemstones from its suppliers that have Burmese origins, regardless of their importation dates.