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Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, was announced as the winner of the Business Leader of the Year Award at the inaugural Positive Luxury Awards last night at the Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel in London.
At a ceremony that celebrated sustainability and innovation within the luxury industry, Nadja Swarovski was commended for her inspiring leadership in this sector, and for her efforts to push the boundaries of sustainability performance at Swarovski.
Recognizing her work strengthening Swarovski’s impressive sustainability credentials, the judging panel noted Nadja Swarovski’s launch of the company’s commitment to Conscious Luxury in 2018, producing crystals, lab-created stones, genuine gemstones and jewelry which are responsibly sourced and crafted with care.
Nadja was inspired by her great-great grandfather, Daniel Swarovski, who founded his company in the Austrian Alps 125 years ago, and laid out the principles of responsibility, innovation, creativity and collaboration that the company still follows today. Today that legacy lives on in Swarovski’s commitment to Conscious Luxury within Fashion, Jewelry and Interiors; its Positive Production in Austria, Thailand, Vietnam and India; its international Sustainability programmes within the organization; and in the Swarovski Foundation, which supports institutions globally focusing on the environment, education and human empowerment, as well as the Swarovski Waterschool which is active in five continents.
Nadja Swarovski has also driven the company’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and its partnership with the UN Global Compact and the UN Women’s Empowerment Program to implement more sustainable practices within the organization. Nadja also spearheaded the Conscious Design initiative launched in 2019 in collaboration with Central Saint Martins, demonstrating Swarovski’s inspirational leadership within the luxury industry to promote sustainability and spark positive change.
Positive Luxury is the company behind the Butterfly Mark, which is awarded to luxury lifestyle brands in recognition of their commitment to creating a positive impact on our world.
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Sustainability at Swarovski
Swarovski has a 125-year heritage of responsibility – we think in generations, not quarters. We are committed to Conscious Luxury, a new way of doing business that respects people and nature to produce goods of the finest quality, responsibly sourced and crafted with care. We aim to be a leader in sustainability, performing in greener and fairer ways to ensure we create a positive impact in society and thrive long into the future.
Our priorities are:
Water Stewardship – managing local water challenges around our production sites.
Women’s Empowerment – championing gender equality across the business.
Fair Partnerships – treating our workforce, our suppliers and their communities well.
Conscious Design – using responsible materials and promoting responsible fashion.
Sustainable Innovation – pursuing new uses and applications for our crystals in ways that support people and planet.
We align our efforts with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, commit to the UN Global Compact and the Women’s Empowerment Principles, and are signatories of the World Economic Forum’s Compact for Responsive and Responsible Leadership.
Sparking delight since 1895
Swarovski creates a more sparkling world and delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and sells the world’s highest quality crystal, genuine gemstones, Swarovski Created Diamonds and zirconia, finished products such as jewelry and accessories, as well as interior design and lighting solutions. Now celebrating its 125th anniversary and run by the fifth generation of family members, the Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 3,000 stores in around 170 countries, more than 29,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.7 billion euros in 2018. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2018, the Group generated revenue of about 3.5 billion euros and employed more than 34,500 people. In 2019, Swarovski UK Limited received a Royal Warrant as manufacturer and supplier of crystals to HRH Queen Elizabeth II. A responsible relationship with people and the planet has always been an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage, and is embedded today in the company’s well-established sustainability agenda. In addition, the global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 500,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers. The Swarovski Foundation was set up in 2013 to honor the philanthropic spirit of company founder Daniel Swarovski, and works to support culture and creativity, promote human empowerment and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.
Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,560 stores in around 170 countries, more than 25,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.33 billion euros in 2014. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2014, the Group generated revenue of about 3.05 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education programme has reached 257,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation incorporated in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.
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