Environmental and Ethical policy
At Bentley & Skinner we take very seriously our environmental and ethical responsibilities. Our manufacture and distribution has no significant impact on environmental issues. Nonetheless we are aware of the need for sound environmental management and are proud to adhere to the following guidelines.
We do not produce any waste material other than a minimal amount of precious fine metals which are then recycled/refined for re-use by our own workshop.
Conscious of the importance of protecting endangered species, we actively discourage the trade in ivory, coral or tortoiseshell. We would only consider handling such materials if they formed part of antique pieces and then only when we are certain of the age of these pieces. We fully support the work being done by The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Also known as CITES, this organisation aims to ensure that trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of endangered species in the wild by regulating and monitoring their international trade. The CITES Secretariat is administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Convention came into force in 1975.
When we need any additional gold, we ensure that our supplier provides us with eco-friendly gold, this is gold which has been recycled and refined and does not impact on the planet’s resources.
We are very aware of the necessity for ethical sourcing of diamonds. To this end, we only buy our diamonds from suppliers who can prove that their stones come from conflict free areas as stated in the Kimberley Process. The Kimberley Process (KP) is a joint governments, industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds – rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments. The trade in these illicit stones has fuelled decades of devastating conflicts in countries such as Angola, Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) imposes extensive requirements on its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as ‘conflict-free’. As of November 2012, the KP has 54 members, representing 80 countries, with the European Union and its Member States counting as a single participant. Kimberley Process members account for approximately 99.8% of the global production of rough diamonds.
For more information about the Kimberley Process please click here.
We have implemented a strategy of reducing the amount of waste material produced within the company, all our waste paper is collected by Westminster City Council for recycling on a daily basis and we return all print cartridges for laser printers to our suppliers for recycling. All cardboard packaging is re-used within the company and we encourage our suppliers to follow our example. The majority of our suppliers confirm that sustainable forest timber or recycled material is used in their paper products, and we have requested our stationers, when supplying all the stationary for Bentley & Skinner (Bond Street Jewellers) Ltd, to supply us with paper of the highest percentage of recycled content possible to meet our standards of presentation.
We are actively seeking to reduce the use of all materials, supplies and energy that are not strictly necessary and whenever possible we will use renewable or recyclable materials or components. As an example, almost all of our furnishings in both office and shop are second-hand and we do not have central heating.
There are no company vehicles in use – transportation is either by courier or public transport.
Our company operates a ‘No-Smoking’ policy throughout.
Consideration is given by us to the practises of our suppliers, subcontractors and bench workers in relation to environmental issues. As our manufacturing, restoration and supply of manufactured goods is on a small scale due to the high value of the material involved, our trade impacts little on the environment. Nevertheless, we are mindful of the working practices of our suppliers.
Within the workshop on our own premises, in common with those of other members of our trade, the use of hazardous chemicals by our bench workers is kept to an absolute minimum. In the unlikely instance that a particular process would generate fumes, these would be carefully filtered before extraction.
Staff and management are actively encouraged to promote environmental awareness both as part of their daily business activity and at home.