Credible answers to consumer questions
Luxury is still associated with mysterious stories from foreign lands, but today’s consumers increasingly demand transparency. What are the human rights impacts associated with the precious metals and coloured gemstones used to create beautiful jewellery? What is the cost to the environment for the production of the fibres used to design the latest fashion clothes? What are the rights of workers involved in the extraction of minerals used for beauty care products? Consumers want credible answers to these questions before they make a purchase – or they will turn to a brand that makes a clearer case.
Partnership for change
TDi Sustainability is a trusted advisor to companies across the entire luxury industry, from mining to the main street. Thanks to our Strategies, Audit, Research, and Impact services, we provide expert advice on all aspects of sustainability, from the design of a unique sustainability and responsible sourcing strategy, to legal compliance and audit preparation, to supply chain mapping and risk assessment and management, to the implementation of community development projects on the ground. See below to learn more about our track record and expertise for jewellery, fashion and cosmetics.
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Together, we can unlock the business value of sustainability for your brand.
Demand for transparency
The jewellery industry is currently experiencing a period of transition, as stricter regulations and voluntary standards demand greater accountability from all businesses throughout the supply chain. Customers, right up to the consumer, want to know more about the life story of gemstones, diamonds and precious metals – where they come from and through whose hands they passed – before purchasing the final jewellery piece.
Millions of people around the world rely on the jewellery industry for their family income. In particular, the jewellery industry is an important source of livelihood for mining communities around the world. It is estimated that at least 20% of gold and diamonds, and the majority of gemstones – as many as 80% of the worlds sapphires, for example – are recovered through artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) operations. While their contribution adds to the romantic story of a beautiful piece, it is an unfortunate reality that the extraction and trade of precious minerals, diamonds, and coloured gemstones is often linked to dangerous working conditions, risks of human rights abuses and conflict financing.
To address such risks, jewellery brands are under pressure to build transparent and responsible supply chains. In the complex landscapes of gold, diamonds, and gemstones sourcing and trading, this is no easy task.
Track record of collaboration
TDi Sustainability brings expertise along the entire jewellery spectrum, from mine sites to retailers, including traders, cutting and polishing companies. Since 2015, we have managed and provided technical advice to the Coloured Gemstones Working Group (CGWG), an initiative uniting leading luxury brands and gemstones mining companies – Chopard, Gemfields, Kering, LVMH, Muzo, Richemont, Swarovski, and Tiffany & Co. In Q2 of 2021, the group launched the Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform, a free and online platform designed to enable learning and capacity building along the gemstones and jewellery industry.
We were also selected as an implementing partner by the Fashion Pact, a global coalition of companies in the fashion and textile industry, for a project on responsible gold sourcing.
TDi has given us a solid foundation towards establishing a transparent and finally sustainable supply chain in a very fragmented and complicated market that traditionally lacks transparency.
Industry under the spotlight
Every day, new articles and research pieces point to the fashion industry as one of the most unsustainable, contributing 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions and 35% of all ocean microplastics, to name a few. On the positive side, new success stories are emerging of businesses that manage to turn the sustainability movement to their advantage, as an opportunity to create value for the business as well as for all those who contribute to it along the value chain.
From the use of sustainable, certified or alternative sources of fibres, to the creation of community projects for agricultural communities, or the development of resilient supply chains that place labour rights and health and safety at the centre of garment productions, to the design of collections with circularity in mind, the opportunities for a more sustainable industry are infinite.
Supply chain visibility
TDi Sustainability has built, over the years, a deep knowledge and understanding of materials and supply chain risks, having assessed many materials used for textiles as part of our work with fashion and automotive brands. Our team also combines a deep practical knowledge of the issues associated with supply chain management and garment production, having audited hundreds of factories around the world, as well as numerous cotton fields.
Transforming the Fashion Industry with the Fashion Pact
The Fashion Pact is a global coalition of companies in the fashion and textile industry (ready-to-wear, sport, lifestyle and luxury) that have all committed to a common core of key environmental goals in three areas: climate, biodiversity and oceans. Launched by French President, Emmanuel Macron, The Fashion Pact was presented to Heads of State at the G7 Summit in Biarritz. Uniquely, The Fashion Pact is a CEO-led, action-oriented non-profit organisation funded by its members, and focuses on building upon and going beyond existing efforts.
Proof of origin
Consumers today demand trust. And, when it comes to beauty or skin care products, they pay special attention. Transparency of product formulations and of the origin of the materials used is an essential step for building trust, and a growing challenge for businesses as the market shifts towards natural-based formulations for natural or clean products. In fact, obtaining information on materials origin and their potential impacts to people and planet is particularly difficult in the context of complex and global supply chains.
Understanding the potential risks
TDi Sustainability expertise is centred around a deep knowledge of mineral supply chains. We work with companies along the entire value chain and across different mineral industries, from mine to market, including mica, talczincbauxite, rare earths and other natural elements that contribute to effective product formulations. In particular, we help clients to understand the potential risks associated with minerals extraction and production, and to build traceable supply chains that meet consumers demand for formulations that are not only transparent, but also positive to people and the environment.
Wide range of services for the luxury industry
Together, we can make sure that your organisation and your supply chain stand up to scrutiny today and in the future.
Material-specific and overarching sustainability strategies, supply chain mapping, management and supplier engagement, internal capacity building and training; voluntary reporting.Read More
Audit and Compliance
support for certifications and audit preparation, audits and assessments of suppliers, compliance reporting, verification of provenance claims and traceability.Read More
Community development projects and capacity building, stakeholder engagement, industry collaborations.Read More
Materials risks mapping and assessments, in-depth research and material profiles.Read More
Ancient Crafts, Modern Challenges
Top gemstone and jewellery brands publish ‘Ancient Crafts, Modern Challenges’ a series of expert papers to demystify and share knowledge on the coloured gemstone industry.
Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform Launch
After 5 years of collaboration, the Coloured Gemstones Working Group (CGWG) announced today the launch of the Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform. The Platform, developed by sustainability consulting firm TDI Sustainability together with and thanks to funding from the CGWG, is an open and available resource centre for the entire gemstone and jewellery industry, a unique capability building initiative to catalyse positive change for the sector, from within.
In line with their commitment to ensure their products positively contribute to people and planet, Swarovski commissioned TDI to support the brand in establishing a stakeholder engagement program and a fully transparent, responsible supply chain for Swarovski Genuine Gemstones; one that most benefits the communities unearthing these shining natural wonders.Read More
The Coloured Gemstones Working Group
The gemstone and jewellery industry plays a vital economic role for millions of people around the world. It is a diverse and vibrant industry comprising companies of all types, size, and shape. Each company plays a fundamental role in transforming precious stones and minerals into unique jewellery pieces we love. Yet, more can be done to ensure that the industry protects the livelihoods of all who work in it, and depend on it, as well as the environment.Read More