Ethical Responsibility of Watchmakers

Ethical Responsibility of Watchmakers

Postby koimaster » April 2nd 2018, 10:45am

Baselworld 2018 has just come to an end, and the jewelry and watch industry are already planning the next trip to Basel, filled with expensive champagne, luxurious booths, and tons of precious metals and diamonds. It’s the latter two that will be the focus of this article.

The subject of ethical sourcing of raw materials has been in focus since the 1990’s, and most big companies have some documentation to show that their supply chain is not littered with human rights violations. Because even today, in 2018, hundreds of thousands of workers, often children, are exploited to extract materials in the cheapest way possible. Historically, the precious metal and mineral mining industry have had a particularly bad record of how they operate. And when states fail to regulate the industry, the responsibility falls on the multinational companies that use them as suppliers.

As an important media outlet in the world of watches, we have a responsibility to keep up the pressure on these companies to get even better, to be even more thorough on how they choose their suppliers, and how they make sure these suppliers uphold international standards. We have over the years built up a significant number of readers. These readers range from people who have a small interest in watches, to people who have been working in the industry for a long time. And we have the opportunity to influence both the consumer to think before they buy, and the industry to think before they sign a contract. This is a responsibility we take seriously, which is why we’re covering this rather important report. Because this is a field where the watch and jewelry industry has huge room for improvement. ... designers/


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