JEWELLERY & WATCHES
Monica Vinader pioneered fine jewellery for everyday wear, designed by women for women. Because Luxury is a feeling no longer defined by expense or exclusivity, but by expression and exceptional quality.
Our commitment to sustainability focuses on three core pillars of Planet, People, and Community, through which we strive to promote responsible manufacturing, responsible consumption, and responsible leadership in everything we do. We’ve set ambitious targets relating to each pillar in collaboration with our business partners in order to tackle environmental and social issues, whilst ensuring we’re aligned with globally accepted standards of sustainability best practice such as the UN SDGs and Global Compact, and industry-specific frameworks like the Responsible Jewellery Council’s Code of Practices.
A WORD FROM THE CEO
It’s an honour to receive the Butterfly Mark and a testament to years of running a business with integrity and close relationships with partners and customers. But, our scope of responsibility doesn’t stop here. This has been a personal journey for me and there is still much more to do
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO
BUTTERFLY MARK TESTIMONIAL
The Butterfly Mark assessment has allowed us to get an honest and realistic view of where we are on our sustainability journey, including what we’ve done well and what we need to improve on. We’ve embraced the concept of self-reflection and are realistic when setting our targets, and the assessment has enabled us to better understand how we can make the most meaningful impact here. Positive Luxury’s Butterfly Mark has given us the opportunity to enter a community of diverse but like-minded brands sharing knowledge and information, whilst the certification itself has provided a platform to communicate more widely with our stakeholders, from customers seeking reassurance that we’re operating responsibly, to suppliers and employees gaining comfort from their professional relationships.
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO
RESPONSIBLE SOURCING AND TRANSPARENCY
Responsible sourcing is integral to Monica Vinader and they are committed to sourcing materials that do not negatively impact wildlife or communities. They are a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), which demonstrates their commitment to ethical and environmental practices in a transparent manner, from the mine to shop floor and they exclusively work with suppliers who also hold the RJC certification. Monica Vinader only uses recycled gold and sterling silver in order to ensure emissions are limited. In addition, all diamonds are sourced from suppliers who are members of the Kimberley Process Scheme that ensure diamonds are conflict-free. Monica Vinader ensures their supply chain is routinely monitored and robust codes of conduct are in place across their operations. Regular audits are conducted with partner factories in order for their performance to be measured against targets. Monica Vinader’s sustainability progress is reported weekly to the entire company, ensuring all employees are fully integrated into their sustainability strategy and journey.
CONSCIOUS DESIGN AND PACKAGING
Conscious design lies at the heart of Monica Vinader. All jewellery pieces incorporate thoughtful innovation without compromising on quality and are made to last. Each piece holds a 5 year warranty, which includes a commitment from Monica Vinader to repair or replace any damaged items, increasing longevity and reducing waste. Monica Vinader measures the use of single-use plastics within their packaging and is committed to only using plastic that is recycled, recyclable or biodegradable. A ‘plastic audit’ has recently been conducted across their operations to identify where plastics can be avoided or replaced by more sustainable alternatives. They are currently transitioning to new consumer packaging where all boxes and bags will be recycled, recyclable and use 100% FSC paper.
EMPLOYEE AND COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
Monica Vinader is committed to providing equal opportunities for all employees within the workplace and 100% of their workforce is put through unconscious bias training. In addition, they have a progressive diversity and inclusion policy and are committed to working with female-led businesses within their supply chain that ensure fair pay and safe working conditions. Having a positive impact on the communities they operate in is very important to the brand and they work closely with the social causes relating to their manufacturing footprint. A long-term partnership has been formed with the Jagriti Foundation based in India, which has enabled the enrolment of 90 children from impoverished backgrounds into school for a year. They have also sponsored over 275 vulnerable women through year-long educational programmes as part of their partnership with Women for Women International.
Monica Vinader strives to reduce waste where possible and educate their suppliers to recycle scrap materials. Through its Jewellery Recycling Programme, the brand encourages customers to submit any items of old jewellery to be recycled appropriately. Using pave diamonds, Monica Vinader can ensure that smaller diamonds can and will be used to create jewellery where they otherwise might be disposed of. All scrap metals throughout the production process are reused and go back through Monica Vinader’s suppliers refining process, encouraging a circular model for materials.
There is still work to be done. We are excited for 2022. From our first work experience programme and new recruitment practices, ensuring greater equality, diversity and inclusion when hiring, to our new biodiversity project at head office, there’s much more to come next year.