The Journey to Sustainability: Responsible Sourcing with Chopard

By Christina Tsangaris

At Chopard, the luxury jewellery brand aim to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the origins of their products. Knowing all materials generate different environmental and social impacts, we look at how the brands ethical requirements ensure they are more sustainable than ever.

100% Ethical Gold
Committed to demonstrating industry leadership in the responsible sourcing of gold for all collections, Chopard leads the way across the sector. As evidence of this, they have committed to sourcing 100% ethical gold. This means that 100% of the refined gold they purchase comes from sources that are verified as having met international best practice environmental and social standards. 

Responsibly Sourcing Diamonds 
Chopard supports and follows the principles for transparency stipulated by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and the World Diamond Council System of Warranties. They have put in place a self-regulation initiative for all diamond suppliers, requiring them to refrain from buying or selling conflict diamonds, diamonds from suspect or unknown sources as well as diamonds from countries and regions that have not implemented the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. Stones not conforming to this scheme are automatically refused and returned to the supplier.

Responsible Coloured Gem Stones
In 2016 Chopard has marked a further milestone in its Journey to sustainable luxury by announcing an industry pioneering initiative. To celebrate the beginning of this new phase of The Journey, Chopard developed a unique partnership with Gemfields, the world’s largest producer of coloured gemstones, to unveil a capsule collection of Green Carpet High Jewellery masterpieces featuring responsibly sourced emeralds. Eco-Age, experts in mining practices and Chopard’s partner in developing The Journey to Sustainable Luxury, validated the mining site and parent organisation against the GCC Principles of Sustainable Excellence.

Supply Chain Management
Chopard work with their suppliers to improve the sustainability performance of our supply chain through supply chain monitoring and capacity building. We have also developed a Code of Conduct for Partners which places expectations on all suppliers and sub-suppliers covering human rights, labour practices and environmental protection standards. The Code of Conduct for Partners outlines our expectations regarding responsible business practices from all downstream partners, and we require all of our business partners to adhere to this policy. By having this code in place, we can ensure that our suppliers are addressing social and environmental standards wherever they operate around the world.

Chopard's journey to sustainable Luxury is centered around a committement to protecting and preserving the Earth from which we source our raw materials.  Responsibility means being transparent about our business practices and ensuring we Holding sustainability as one of its core calues, they are continually improving these practices over time to ensure  environmental, social and business conduct policies are communicated throughout the supply chain, from raw material suppliers, to internal employees, through to the communities in which the company operates, and the consumers who purchase the final products. 

By Christina Tsangaris