As leaders in the jewelry industry, we believe there is both a business imperative and a moral obligation to look
beyond our own business practices to support responsible behavior throughout the entire jewelry supply chain.
Sadly, questionable supply chain practices have too often created social conflict and environmental degradation that have plagued our industry over time.
Tiffany & Co. is a leader—both through advocacy and example—in working toward a more responsible jewelry industry.
That work began back in 1995, when we opposed the development of a gold mine that threatened Yellowstone National Park.
In 1999 we led the effort to seek United States Congressional approval of U.S. participation in the Kimberley Process.
We were the first jeweler to embrace the objectives of the No Dirty Gold campaign in 2005, a promise not to source gold
from mines that do not meet certain social and environmental standards.
Government oversight has an important role to play in the jewelry supply chain. We are strong and vocal advocates of the
reform of the General Mining Law of 1872, and we believe the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should use its legitimate
authority to halt reckless mine development.
Most importantly, we believe the jewelry sector is in dire need of an independently verifiable mining assurance system that
establishes rigorous standards for social and environmental performance at individual mine sites around the world. To that
end, Tiffany is a founding member and strong supporter of IRMA, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance. IRMA seeks
to develop standards that ensure the preservation of ecologically and culturally significant areas, rigorous environmental
management, strong protection for workers and affected communities and corporate governance standards to assure transparency
in revenue payments from companies to governments. IRMA is in the final stages of standards development, and we are hopeful
it can become an assurance system that is widely embraced by companies that use mined materials (such as those in the jewelry
industry), the mining sector, civil society and, most importantly, consumers.
READ MORE IN OUR CSR REPORT (PDF)