Tiffany is committed to protecting the natural world that inspires our jewelry. We aspire to leave behind a world that is as beautiful and abundant as the one
The mining of diamonds, gemstones and precious metals is Tiffany’s most direct and significant impact upon the natural world, though we do not have mining operations ourselves. Recognizing that mining by definition is not sustainable, we believe mining practices can and should minimize impacts upon air, surface and ground water, landscapes and biodiversity. We also recognize that mining is of critical importance to our business, and that it contributes in important ways to economic development and job creation.
By sourcing many of our precious materials directly from mines that are committed to environmental stewardship, and by working with industry colleagues, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society to establish more rigorous, broadly accepted standards for responsible mining, we can conduct our business in ways that are acceptable to all of our stakeholders while minimizing our impact on the natural world.
We believe that one of the most effective ways to minimize the impact of mining is to source precious materials from existing, responsibly operated mines, and to utilize recycled sources wherever possible. We also believe that there are certain special places of high ecological or cultural value where mining should never take place. Over the years we have actively opposed new mine development that threatened Yellowstone National Park, the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness and, most recently, Alaska’s Bristol Bay.
Alaska’s Bristol Bay is home to the world’s most productive remaining salmon fishery. The proposed Pebble gold and copper mine poses an unacceptable risk to the fishery and to the thousands of sport and commercial fishing jobs that it sustains. We support the effort of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to exercise its legitimate authority under the Clean Water Act to protect the Bristol Bay watershed by prohibiting the development of the
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