Here at Maygems we take our Ethical policy seriously, with such a diverse range of stocks coming in from all four corners of the world it can be difficult to keep tabs on where our goods are actually coming from. With this in mind we carefully check all our suppliers to ensure all the companies we buy our goods from are actively promoting fair trade policies, this may include a written guarantee, a personal visit to the mine or cutting factory along side a general check with fellow dealers and merchants.
It may mean we pay a little more for the goods we stock but we feel that this is worth the extra cost limiting the damage to the environment, fair working conditions including preventing the use of forced or child labour, and making sure our trades are not being used to fund conflicts. This enables us to play our part in protecting and securing the future of small artisan miners and craftsmen along side the larger companies and organisations we deal with.
As a member of the BJA we have an obligation to ensure we follow good practice with regards to our ethical policy and a code of conduct we agree to abide by, here is the relevant information from the BJA.
“Many consumers buying jewellery today are concerned that it should meet ethical standards, that its raw materials should not fund wars; that their extraction should not harm the environment and that indigenous peoples and workforces should not be exploited. The global jewellery industry has done much over recent years to address these concerns and there are many initiatives in place to regulate mining, improve best practice and give back to the communities in those countries where gold and diamonds are mined. The diamond industry alone employs 10 million people globally and income from gold and diamonds makes a real difference to the developing world by providing jobs, roads, healthcare and education.
The BJA works diligently with its membership to work towards a clear policy of transparency and traceability for all materials used in the production of jewellery. However, there are many international issues that you may read about (some of which are listed below) which sometimes distort the good work and endeavours of the British jewellery industry. In helping both trade and consumers alike with guidance to best practice, the BJA is a founder member of an ethical standards committee which regularly engages with NGO’s, legislative bodies and suppliers to provide guidance and clarity on issues of concern in the jewellery supply chain.
To help reinforce the standards we require of our membership, the BJA’s Code of Ethics requires every member to abide by the following rules:
- To maintain the highest level of personal integrity, honesty and business ethics.
- To comply with all Government laws and regulations relating to the jewellery, watch and related industries.
- To support and abide by the Articles of Association and objectives of the British Jewellers’ Association and this Code of Ethics.
- To provide a standard of product and service of the highest possible quality commensurate with price.
- To establish clearly the guarantee or service policy regarding all merchandise and to fulfill that policy.
- To provide knowledgeable and competent expertise and clearly indicate the true quality of products offered for sale.
- To adhere to sound business practices and thus ensure continuing service to customers and suppliers alike.
- To refrain from all forms of design copyright and trademark infringement.
- To refrain from trading in conflict diamonds.
Any member found to be falling short of these standards will be eligible for expulsion from the Association. The BJA unicorn logo which may only be used by members, is your assurance that the BJA will investigate any complaint where a member has not complied with the Code of Ethics.”