Giving Back

What we do to make good for at least some of the harm the jewellery industry does to the planet and its people

First principles

Ethical Jewellery Australia was originally started when our founder, Melinda Bailey, became aware of the environmental and social problems associated with the jewellery manufacturing and the whole industry supply chain.

Now, everything we do is designed to minimise the harm Ethical Jewellery Australia does to the environment. Likewise we strive to avoid supporting exploitation and poor treatment of people working in our industry.

We recognise however that this, on its own, is not enough. That’s why we’re doing more to give back.

Offsetting our carbon emissions

Giving back to small mining communities

How we help offset our carbon emissions

“Right now we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale – our greatest threat in thousands of years – climate change.
If we don’t take action the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of our natural world is on the horizon.”

Sir David Attenborough, 2018

Two trees planted for every jewellery piece we make

In 2018 we committed to planting two trees for every piece of jewellery we sell.

Image of Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund scrubland regenerated in Western Australia

 

To make that happen we started working with the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund.

CNCF a West Australia-based organisation that provides a service to individuals and businesses to help them off-set their carbon emissions. They do so by planting native trees and shrubs in areas that need regeneration (often areas of degraded farmland).

Of course, their efforts do a lot more than just sequester carbon. Planting natives in degraded areas helps to restore an area’s biodiversity, providing habitat for all manner of microorganisms, insects and animals.

Logo for the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund

Taking meaningful steps to combat global warming really is important. It’s probably THE most important thing we can do to help secure the future of the generations that come after us, no matter where they live on the planet.

Please take the time to visit CNCF’s website. They have a number of ways you can get involved as an individual or as a business – and it really doesn’t take much to make a meaningful difference.

Helping small mining communities in developing countries

“We are the first generation that can end poverty and the last generation that can take steps to avoid the worst impact of climate change.
Future generations will judge us harshly if we fail to uphold our moral and historical responsibilities.”

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations, 2017

Bringing about positive change in the lives of those working  and living in marginalised artisanal mining communities

 

Four Tanzanian women engaged with Pact's Mines to Markets program

 

In July 2019, we were delighted to sign a donation agreement with Pact in support of their Mines to Markets program.

A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization.

The Mines to Markets initiative is particularly relevant to us because it was set up specifically to support communities that rely heavily on artisanal mining of, among other things, gold, diamonds and gemstones.

Importantly, apart from making the working lives of artisanal miners safer and more financially rewarding, Pact works to  support the development of local initiatives that reduce communities’ dependence on mining, be that through education, regional economic development, health and well-being and/or local infrastructure development.

To learn more about the fantastic work Pact does, take a look at their inspiring stories here.

The commitment we’ve made to Pact is to donate $10 to the Mines to Markets program from every piece of jewellery we sell. We’re very excited about doing our bit to give back to the mining communities that deserve a fair go.

If you would like get involved and find out more about how you can support Pact, visit the donate link below.

Want to do more?

Offer your support directly

If you would like to do more to support the organisations we work with, we certainly encourage you to make donations directly.

Make donations direct to Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund.
(CNCF is a registered charity in Australia and donations over $2 are tax deductible.)

Make donations direct to Pact
(Pact is not yet a registered charity in Australia so donations are not tax deductible.)