Helzberg Diamonds Corporate Responsibility
Helzberg Diamonds is committed to going beyond the industry standards in our efforts to support human rights, environmental stewardship and ethical business practices.
Helzberg Diamonds is concerned about the environmental and social impacts of irresponsible mining practices. We are determined to source gold and other precious metals produced under the highest social, human rights and environmental standards. We are working to ensure the gold and other precious metals in our products were not produced at the expense of communities, workers or the environment. We require our suppliers adhere to these same principles and to be in compliance with the conflict minerals laws which Congress passed as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in order to target conflict minerals, including gold, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DCR) and surrounding region. We fully condemn the use of any minerals to fund conflict in the DRC, in its adjoining countries or anywhere in the world.
Diamond Supply Standards
Helzberg Diamonds is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, established by the diamond industry in 2003, to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds in the United States and more than 60 other countries around the world. The term conflict diamonds refers to diamonds that have been used to fuel decades-long wars and atrocities in many African countries and are suspected to have financed terrorist activities.
These programs are monitored by the United Nations, non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International and by the United States Border Patrol and United States Customs.
As a condition of doing business with Helzberg Diamonds, each supplier agrees to ensure the gold, precious metals and diamonds Helzberg Diamonds purchases, subject to availability, comes from sources that meet the following human rights, social and environmental criteria at all stages in the supply chain (mining, processing, refining, recycling, etc).
We will not accept products from suppliers that use forced labor (including bonded, indentured or prison labor) in producing their products. Our suppliers are also required not to restrict the freedom of movement of employees or their dependents.
Helzberg Diamonds requires all parties involved in the mining, processing and manufacturing of the products Helzberg sells respect basic human rights (as outlined in international conventions and declarations such as the UN "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" and others). Helzberg Diamonds requires our suppliers agree not to source gold from areas of armed or militarized conflict where there is high risk for human rights violations.
In addition, Helzberg Diamonds requires all suppliers involved in the buying and selling of diamonds fully adhere to the principles of the World Diamond Council Resolution on Industry Self-Regulation and all supplier invoices bear the World Diamond Council warranty statement that the diamonds supplied were purchased from sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with applicable United Nations resolutions restricting the trade in conflict diamonds.
Health and Safety
Helzberg Diamonds requires suppliers provide a healthy and safe work environment for their employees in accordance with local laws. Employment facilities must have adequate first-aid facilities, fire exits, safety equipment, safe workstations, clean restrooms and adequate living quarters where necessary.
Helzberg Diamonds requires our suppliers provide working conditions that minimize causes of workplace hazards, ensure physical isolation between employees and machinery, protect employees from airborne particles and fumes, provide free protective equipment, and ensure adequate lighting, appropriate ventilation, proper temperatures and safe noise levels.
Helzberg Diamonds is committed to managing its environmental footprint by eliminating or minimizing negative environmental impacts. We require suppliers comply with local environmental laws and regulations and agree not to source gold, nationally or internationally, from areas designated by a recognized authority as protected, high conservation or other ecological value, such as IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) categories i-iv.