LONDON, Mar. 13 /CSRwire/ - Swarovski is delighted to announce its partnership with BSR on pioneering ‘Women in Jewelry’ project to explore the lives and challenges of women in the jewelry supply chain in order to inspire industry-wide action.
The ‘Women in Jewelry’ project, which began in January 2018, aims to deliver in-depth research on the current status of women in the global jewelry supply chain.
Following an initial report this Spring, with a focus on the mining, cutting and polishing, and jewelry manufacturing sectors, Swarovski and BSR will convene leading jewelry companies in April in Paris to review the findings and garner support for further field research. This collaborative approach will help deepen insights and lead to recommendations for how companies can identify, create and implement opportunities for women in jewelry supply chains.
Swarovski is committed to promoting and advancing a responsible jewelry industry, using the strength of its brand to drive positive change. This ambitious project will create a non-competitive space for brands to come together to collaboratively seeks solutions.
Women are present throughout the jewelry supply chain, from mining to manufacturing, and in artisan to large-scale production. Swarovski recognizes that advancing equality and enabling women to fulfil their potential is not only good for business, but also has a positive impact on society.
Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “We are pleased to partner with BSR to take a leading role in advancing women’s empowerment within the jewelry industry. Promoting equality is at the heart of our sustainability agenda, and we look forward to inspiring collective action to drive positive change with this important project.”
Aditi Mohapatra, BSR Women’s Empowerment Director, commented: “While women make up a vast majority of the consumers of jewelry, very little is known about the challenges facing the women behind the products in the supply chain. We hope this partnership both raises awareness of the barriers these women experience and catalyzes industry-wide action to eliminate gender gaps. Our research shows that there are many opportunities for companies to get involved, and we hope more will take action.”
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Rachele Dino, Sustainability Communications Manager, +44 (0)20 7255 8408, email@example.com
Aditi Mohapatra, Women’s Empowerment Director: +212-370-7701, firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES TO EDITORS
Swarovski publicly champions gender equality on international platforms and uses its brand visibility to shine a light on women’s empowerment.
To coincide with International Women’s Day 2018, Swarovski launched The Future Is Equal, an equality campaign aimed at inspiring actions that will create an inclusive world for everyone.
Swarovski is a signatory of the United Nations’ Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and is part of the UN Women UK National Committee Corporate Advisory Group.
For four consecutive years Swarovski has support the Trust Conference, which unites changemakers to take action to empower women and fight modern slavery.
Swarovski is a founding member of the BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) corporate working group Business Action for Women.
In 2017, Swarovski was the principal sponsor of UN Women’s HeForShe Arts Week, which champions gender equality within the creative industries.
Swarovski is a Lean In partner and is creating ‘circles’ (employee networks) around the world to foster connections, exchange ideas and inspire confidence.
Swarovski is creating a network of Diversity & Inclusion ambassadors who will champion an inclusive culture and share tools and best practices throughout the business.
Mentoring and leadership programs at Swarovski are helping to create a more diverse and inclusive leadership.
Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The Swarovski Crystal Business is run by the fifth generation of family members and has a global reach with approximately 3,000 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.7 billion euros in 2017. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2017, the Group generated revenue of about 3.5 billion euros and employed more than 32,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 500,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.
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