Beauty Gems Group is fully committed to ensure any gold, tin, tungsten or tantalum (“3TG” or “conflict minerals”) in its products do not directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups that are perpetrators of human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo or an adjoining country. Beauty Gems does not use any tungsten or tantalum in its products.
As part of this commitment, Beauty Gems exercises due diligence on all counterparties supplying gold or products containing tin. Under this policy, Beauty Gems expects all counterparties to source only from refineries or smelters that have been independently audited to be conflict-free under one of the following initiatives:
- LBMA or DMCC Good Delivery Refiners
- Conflict Free Smelter Initiative
- Responsible Jewellery Council.
Furthermore, Beauty Gems encourages all its counterparties supplying jewellery components to obtain a relevant certification to demonstrate the conflict-free nature of their products, or to provide Beauty Gems with evidence for specific shipments to be conflict-free.
Relevant certifications that are accepted by Beauty Gems are:
- Audits against the Signet Responsible Sourcing Protocol;
- Responsible Jewellery Council Certification
- Responsible Source Certification of SCS Global Services.
Beauty Gems recognizes the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains for Minerals from Conflict-Affected or High Risk Areas as the most widely accepted international due diligence framework. Beauty Gems requires all its counterparties to source in accordance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance five-step framework if they receive 3TG containing products from high risk areas.