Diamonds and gold Jaeger-LeCoultre remains vigilant regarding the sourcing of diamonds and gold. It is particularly sensitive about the struggle against conflict diamonds. By way of a reminder, the United Nations Organisation defines conflict diamonds as “diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council”. The Kimberley Process, in force since 2003 and adopted by over 75 countries including Switzerland the European Union, was created in order to fight this phenomenon. This certification system for the trade in rough diamonds is intended to prevent the diamond trade serving to fund armed conflict. It imposes the requirement that each shipment of rough diamonds passing an international border between two signatory countries must be accompanied by a certificate proving that it does not come from a conflict zone. The Responsible Jewellery Council is an international not-for-profit organisation created in 2005 and representing over 80 members, including Jaeger-LeCoultre. Its mission is to promote responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices throughout the supply chain of gold and diamonds, from mine to retail. Members commit to complying with an extremely strict Code of Practices and will be audited to ensure they do indeed apply the principles advocated by the Responsible Jewellery Council. In signing this Code of Practices, Jaeger-LeCoultre wished to officially reaffirm its determination to take part in a sustainable development approach respectful of the environment and of human rights. - Jaeger-LeCoultre invites you to visit the http://www.kimberleyprocess.com/ website. - To find out more about the Responsible Jewellery Council : www.responsiblejewellery.com. - Click here to donwload the complete Responsible Jewellery Council charter. Wood and paper Located at the heart of the Jura mountains, the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre is naturally aware of the importance of preserving forests which are such a vital factor for human life. It is particularly careful to reduce its paper consumption and scrupulously checks the origin of the wood used for all its printed matter. In 2008, the Brand decided to officialise this approach by obtaining FSC certification. The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Today, all the printed matter produced by the Manufacture is FSC certified and the Brand is considering the possibility of extending this label to include its furniture and its wooden presentation boxes. Because certification is not enough in itself, and because the efforts of all concerned are required to achieve an effective reduction in paper consumption, Jaeger-LeCoultre has undertaken an approach aimed at promoting the responsibility of each of its employees. It therefore encourages them to be more careful about their use of paper by printing only when really necessary, and where possible on both sides of sheets, as well as in black and white rather than colour. An efficient sorting system as well as retrieval techniques have been instated. Staff members now generally opt for electronic messaging and more environment-friendly communication such as USB sticks. This strategy also extends beyond the company premises to include subsidiaries that also do their part by reducing internal paper consumption as well as focusing on local production of printed matter. They have all received a printing charter asking them to give preference to FSC certified suppliers and paper. Moreover, Jaeger-LeCoultre is strongly aware of the advantages afforded by new technologies and of the worthwhile alternative they offer in terms of communication and the circulation of information. It is therefore progressively rethinking all the material it exchanges with its subsidiaries and distributors in order to make them available via Intranet, FTP networks or USB sticks, depending on their format. It is constantly developing its website in order to provide clients and journalists with more and more information. Forest conservation calls for daily commitment, as the Manufacture and its personnel have fully grasped. The ever more numerous operations and ongoing efforts have already contributed to reducing in-house paper consumption by around 800,000 sheets in one year. - To find out more about the Forest Stewardship Council, Jaeger-LeCoultre invites you to visit the organisation’s website http://www.fsc.org - Click here to download the FSC certificate of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre. Leather straps Jaeger-LeCoultre respects the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora, the CITES. This international agreement between governments aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of the species to which they belong. CITES currently accords protection to over 30,000 species of wild animals and plants. - To find out more about the CITES, Jaeger-LeCoultre invites you to visit the organisation website: http://www.cites.org Material recycling policy Recycling materials is an integral part of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre management priorities, and constitutes one of the permanent missions of each staff member. The Brand is committed to promoting a material recycling policy focused on sorting, controlling production processes and partnerships with suppliers. The following materials are sorted after ensuring they are reused wherever possible: paper, cardboard boxes, wood, PET plastic, paper cups, metals (steel, brass, etc.), electric cables, batteries, oils and dangerous products.