At CME we are committed to promoting ethical, responsible, human rights, social and environmental practices throughout our business, our employment practices and our business partners including our supply chain. The Company makes every effort to work with both its customers and suppliers ensuring that the company’s expectations and quality standards meet national and international laws and regulations.
The company does not knowingly purchase materials (precious stones or metal) from conflict areas and makes every effort to ensure that all products are purchased through approved sources. External suppliers are visited and audits are conducted to ensure that they confirm to the standards stipulated by the Responsible Jewellery Council.
CME Leicester Limited is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and is working towards certification in 2019. The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is a not-for-profit organisation that has been established to promote responsible ethical, social and environmental practices, which respect human rights, throughout the Diamond and Gold Jewellery supply chain, from mine to retail. (This will include a silver supply chain from Spring 2019). The RJC has developed a common platform of standards for the jewellery supply chain and credible mechanisms for verifying responsible business practices through third party auditing. In undertaking to be a member of this organisation and to undergo audit CME commit to comply with the RJC Principles and Code of Practices. Consequently, we undertake to integrate ethical, human rights, social and environmental considerations into our day-to-day operations, business planning activities and decision. As members we will neither tolerate nor profit from, contribute to, assist or facilitate the commission of:
- Torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment;
- Forced or compulsory labour;
- Any form of abusive child labour;
- Human rights violations and abuses;
- War crimes, violations of international humanitarian law, crimes against humanity or genocide.
We will not deal with, and will immediately discontinue engagement with suppliers where we identify a reasonable risk that they are committing, or are sourcing from or linked to any party committing, abuses described above.
This underlines our commitment to ensuring that our products are sourced in the most ethical manner possible in a transparent and accountable manner.
CME is a member of The National Association of Jewellers. This is the national trade association which promotes and protects the growth and prosperity of over 2000 members whose business operate in every aspect of the jewellery industry. The organisation aims to inspire consumer confidence to purchase from their members through a Code of Practice setting the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and ethical business practice.
The company is mindful of its rights of employees and customers. It makes every effort to ensure these rights are not breached or in conflict with UN legislation and various process and procedures are used to implement and monitor them. The welfare of the company’s employees is taken seriously and the company handbook details employment, benefits, codes of conduct and policies and procedures. The company employs an external expert company to monitor employment practices and Health and Safety obligations.
As a company we also understand the impact we have on the environment. We make every attempt to use resources carefully by re-using or recycling material including our scrap metal. We continue to search for better ways of doing things to minimize the impact our processes have on the environment; and using the correct recycling and disposal methods.