We believe that there are certain special places where mining simply should not take place. We say this in spite of its importance to our business and the economic and social benefits that mining can contribute to communities. Through the years, we have worked to ensure that these special places are permanently protected from mining and preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.
- In 1996, Tiffany & Co. urged the United States Department of the Interior not to allow the construction of a gold mine that threatened Yellowstone National Park.
- In 2004, Tiffany & Co. urged the U.S. Forest Service, through a full-page advertisement in The Washington Post, to deny a permit for the proposed Rock Creek Mine in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Montana because it would threaten the region’s water and wildlife.
- Tiffany & Co. has supported Congressional efforts to reform the General Mining Law of 1872 and impose more stringent environmental oversight of mining on public lands. Tiffany & Co. continues to work toward the reform of this antiquated law.
Tiffany & Co. has made sustainability an operating
premise of its basic business model. From its
commitment to sourcing minerals, to its pioneering
work to clean up abandoned hard-rock mines in the
West, to leadership in advocating that some places
such as the headwaters of Bristol Bay in Alaska
should never be mined. In a very real sense, the
partnership between Trout Unlimited and Tiffany
& Co. is helping to protect and restore the lands
and waters that sustain us as a nation.
— Chris Wood, President/Chief Executive Officer, Trout Unlimited
BRISTOL BAY, ALASKA
Tiffany & Co. is raising awareness of the risks associated with the development of the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska: home of the world’s most productive salmon fishery. The proposed Pebble Mine would be among the world’s largest open-pit gold and copper mines. Despite the best of intentions, more than 175 years of experience sourcing precious metals tells us that there are certain places where mining cannot be done without forever destroying landscapes, wildlife and communities. We believe Bristol Bay is one such place. Tiffany & Co. was one of the first jewelers to sign the Bristol Bay Protection Pledge, and declare that should the proposed Pebble Mine be developed, we will not source gold from it. In 2009, Tiffany & Co. placed an advertisement in National Jeweler
magazine to increase awareness in the jewelry industry about the proposed mine. Further, in 2010, Tiffany & Co. placed a full-page ad in National Geographic magazine
to increase broader public awareness of this issue.
Tiffany & Co. Chairman and CEO Michael J. Kowalski, who has made several visits to Bristol Bay, explains:
There are some special places where mining clearly
does not represent the best long-term use of
resources. In Bristol Bay, we believe the extraordinary
salmon fishery clearly provides the best opportunity
to benefit southwestern Alaskan communities in a
sustainable way. For Tiffany & Co.and we believe
for many of our fellow retail jewelersthis means
we must look to other places to responsibly source
Tiffany & Co. is proud to work with Bristol Bay native communities, concerned scientists, sport and commercial fishermen, the conservation community and the many Alaskans committed to protecting this pristine and productive ecosystem.