We understand that jewellery making is tied to our planet, from the gemstones to the precious metals used to make jewellery. As the UK’s leading manufacturer and retailer of precious bullion products, tools and equipment to the jewellery industry, we are committed to striving towards being more environmentally conscious.
This involves looking at all aspects of our business to ensure all our operations are performed in the most socially responsible manner possible including:
We believe that it’s our duty to respect human rights, promote ethical, social and environmental practices to better the jewellery making industry.
We realise that we still have a long way to go in our journey, but it is something we are committed to working towards.
Read our full corporate social responsibility statement.
At Cooksongold we understand the need to address our carbon footprint. In 2022 we worked with a leading University in this field, to create and establish our carbon footprint. We have now produced carbon emissions report for 2021 and 2022. To view our reports click here.
From our 2022 report, it's clear our strategic priority of working towards providing a complete range of gold and silver bullion products in 100% recycled metals, has had a significant impact on reducing our carbon emissions.
We have also continued to review our entire supply chain and processes to assess where we can minimise emissions where possible.
We acknowledge that we have a long way to go before we can be a carbon-neutral company, but we see our actions to be a step in that direction, with plans and investments in place to address as we move forward.
As we progress with our carbon reduction journey, we will update this page to provide further information on our progress.
In 2022 we partnered with Ecologi, who are a gold standard accredited offset partner. Ecologi invest in projects that remove more greenhouse gases than our own carbon footprint puts in. Projects range from wind farm and solar panel installations to investing in infrastructure for communities around the world. Ecologi also work with tree planting partners, who responsibly plant trees across the globe.
Since May 2022 we are proud to say that by partnering with Ecologi, 129 of our logistics and manufacturing operations employees are now climate active. Each month, Ecologi will offset both their business activity and personal lives (including travel) - which equates to approximately 103.5 tonnes of CO2e and planting 1,420 trees per month.
We will continue to partner with Ecologi and are working towards an aim for our full climate active workforce by 2025.
We recognise the challenges associated with providing jewellery making materials in a responsible manner. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure the products we sell are produced and sourced in the most ethical way possible.
At Cooksongold, we are committed to striving towards ensuring that our range of precious metals are either recycled or responsibly sourced.
As a natural resource, gemstones can be found almost anywhere, it is difficult to keep traceable documentation of their exact source as they are mined, cut and exchanged frequently. However, we are working towards practices to create an open and transparent process about how our gemstones are sourced.
Cooksongold is committed to selling conflict-free and ethically sourced diamonds. Our range has been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in the funding of conflict, in compliance with United Nations Resolutions and corresponding UK law.
We guarantee that our diamonds are conflict-free and confirm adherence to the World Diamond Council System of Warranties (SoW) Guidelines.
We ask our suppliers to agree to a code of practice before being able to supply materials and goods to Cooksongold. Our code of practice covers ethical business practices, protecting human rights and responsible sourcing of materials.
The information we collect on our suppliers includes:
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE) requires UK distributors and retailers to provide a system that allows all customers buying new electrical equipment the opportunity to recycle their old items free of charge.
If you are buying a new electrical item, we will recycle your old one for FREE in our stores. Click here to learn more.
With regards to the REACH Regulation (EC1907/2006) and paragraph 10 on entry 23 Annex XVII: Cadmium(Cd) and lead(Pb) content of jewellery articles, we can confirm the following:
At Cooksongold we are dedicated to constantly reviewing our processes and facilities in order to reduce, reuse and recycled as much as we can.
At Cooksongold, we continuously review our energy usage and are working towards reducing the amount of energy used to produce and fulfil our orders to you. We are working towards a target of reducing our energy usage by 10% every year.
This has included:
Cooksongold aims to reduce, reuse and recycle waste where possible. We are pleased to confirm that none of our general waste goes to landfill.
We are working with a compliance service company to ensure that we comply to UK packaging waste regulations and be more sustainable. Our suppliers are also working towards complying with the same regulations.
We will continue to work on processes to be more efficient with our waste management.
Water is a very precious resource and we are aware that it is a luxury not everyone on the planet shares.
We are developing a water management plan which includes:
The majority of printed collateral produced for, or by Cooksongold will have met or meet acceptable accredited and environmental standards. Typically, paper or board used composed of a mix of virgin tree fibres and /or pre and post-consumer recycled matter.
All our catalogues are printed using FSC approved paper from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
We recognise that packaging plays an important role in the customer delivery experience. We are constantly looking at ways to improve our packaging solutions to ensure they are delivered safely and sustainably.
One area we wanted to focus on, was finding an alternative to the plastic grip lock seal bags we use throughout our logistics process. It was particularly challenging for us to find a packaging solution which is translucent and something that does not tarnish metal.
In 2022, we’ve invested in single-use compostable cellulose bags and after a successful trial are now being adopted instead of the plastic grip lock seal bags to store findings, chain and precious metals.
What are compostable cellulose bags and their benefits?
Compostable cellulose bags are made from FSC certified virgin paper (wood pulp). There are many benefits to using these including:
We are also looking at adding them to our range so you will be able to make a switch to more sustainable, plastic-free packaging.
We are constantly looking at ways to improve our packaging solutions to enable us to reduce, reuse and recycle where possible in our logistics and packaging solutions.
Cooksongold aim’s to provide equal opportunities to all persons regardless of their religious belief, sex, race, age or sexual orientation.
Here are the other initiatives we are working towards to improve ethical and social and environmental at Cooksongold and the jewellery making industry.
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