Tiffany & Co. is more than the world’s finest jeweler; we offer an assortment of luxury goods and accessories, and we work to ensure that all merchandise meets the same ethical standards.
In fall 2010, Tiffany & Co. expanded our business to include leather handbags and accessories. In 2011, for our leather accessories line, we were able to trace the source of all leather, at a minimum, to the tannery and our exotic leathers to their farm of origin. We are working to further the traceability to ensure that all leather meets the most ethical and environmental sourcing standards.
Further, Tiffany & Co. joined The Leather Working Group in 2011. The Leather Working Group was formed in 2005 to create a protocol to accurately assess the compliance and environmental stewardship practices of tanneries and to promote sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.
Recognizing that unsustainable coral harvesting
can damage critically important marine ecosystems,
and that many coral species face a variety of
threats, Tiffany & Co. has refused to use coral
in our jewelry since 2002.
Tiffany & Co. works to increase awareness about coral conservation and the role that the jewelry industry can play in its protection. In the summer of 2009, Tiffany & Co. dedicated our store windows to an “Under the Sea” theme in order to demonstrate our commitment to, and increase awareness of, coral conservation. Additionally, Tiffany & Co. participated in SeaWeb’s Too Precious to Wear campaign, designed to create demand for coral conservation among consumers and retailers.
In 2008, Michael J. Kowalski, Chairman and CEO of Tiffany & Co., testified before Congress about the need for the protection of coral. We support the addition of red and pink coral to Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which lists species that may be threatened if international trade is not controlled. The CITES Appendix II listing is not a ban or a closure of trade; rather, it is a mechanism that allows for careful monitoring and oversight, requiring that any trade be based on evidence that the species in question are not threatened by international commerce.