Fair Trade Jewellery Co.

Jewellery design & manufacture

Toronto, Ontario

Canada

ftjco.com

About Fair Trade Jewellery Co.

Every piece of jewellery tells a story. These stories are beautiful, singular and unexpected, having roots that travel much deeper than the mere circumstance of how two people met and fell in love. The jewelry that we give one another, the symbols of our unique love, isn’t just conjured from the ether. Most gems are dug out of the ground, and usually it’s a rather messy and ugly business that comes at great peril for the individuals doing the mining and for the environment. For this reason FTJCo believe it’s essential that every step a ring makes on its journey to you is accounted for.

All Fairtrade and Fairmined gold comes from small-scale and artisanal mines that take great pains to reduce their dependence on harmful chemicals. This is good news for the environment and for the people who live and mine in these communities. It’s not overstating things in the least to say that this gold changes the lives of those who mine it, and at FTJCo they want to make sure it’s for the better, not the worse. The fair pay that the workers earn changes their lives and the lives of their communities. Fairtrade and Fairmined standards make the workplace a safer place to go each day, empower the workers within an industry in which they’ve traditionally been voiceless and protect the environment. It’s good for everybody, and FTJCo wants its jewellery to tell stories that positively illuminates each person who was a part of the journey that brought it to you.

Look carefully and you’ll see unique hallmarks on every piece, a small reminder of all the people and processes this jewelry has passed through to get to you.

We strongly believe in 3rd party validation, it’s simply not enough to say you’re a ‘good’ company there must be accountability. Becoming a Certified BCorp was essential to assessing our performance as an employer, manufacturer, and retailer against other leading, progressive companies.

The Change We Seek®

We are proud to have pioneered ethical sourcing. We were the first jeweller in North America, and one of only a handful internationally to launch Fairtrade Certified Gold. We have an obligation to more than just ourselves. From miners to craftspeople there is no compromising on quality or ethics. That’s why we continue to challenge the standards of our industry and its business practices in both dialogue and action.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

March 2013
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

28
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
107
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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