E.C. One has announced that it has become just the second UK jeweller to be awarded B-Corporation certification.
The distinction marks the London-based jewellery boutique as a leader regarding sustainability in the industry, with the accreditation process involving analysis of the business’ entire social and environmental performance.
This included assessing its impact on its workers, community, environment and customers.
Ethics and sustainability have long been high on the agenda at E.C. One, marked when the jewellers created the first ever piece of jewellery made from Fairtrade gold in 2011.
Over the past few years co-founders, Jos and Alison Skeates, have been pioneering new ways to make their business as sustainable and responsible as possible.
Amongst the steps that the company has made to achieve this are: a pledge to only use recycled and Fairtrade gold in their workshop and work with materials that are sourced responsibly; a commitment from all staff in the business to commute via public transport, cycling or walking; support for the local community by offering apprenticeships and donations towards charitable causes; and an assessment of the ethics and sustainability credentials of the designers and brands stocked at the store.
Moreover E.C.One also represents several brands committed to creating ethical jewellery such as Sorrel Bay, Natalie Perry and Pyrrha.
Speaking about the news, Jos Skeates, says: “After many months of hard work we are thrilled (and little relieved) to become certified and associated with this amazing movement.”