2022 Annual Report Statement
In 2022, Karl Faller e.K. continued its process of embedding sustainable and responsible business practices into its day-to-day operations. As a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), Karl Faller e.K. is committed to implementation of the Code of Practices (COP) standard and as such we have developed a range of policies and procedures to ensure our ongoing compliance with its requirements.
We are also committed to developing and nurturing strong relationships with suppliers and other business partners to promote responsible business practices throughout our supply chain. This includes taking steps to identify and, where applicable, mitigate negative social and environmental impacts with a particular focus on addressing issues related to human rights, child labour and forced labour.
To achieve this, we carry out due diligence on all of our suppliers in alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (OECD Guidance). In 2021 we took new steps as well as continued the initial steps from 2021 on this journey:
- Adopted a supply chain policy in alignment with the OECD Guidance which is available on our website www.karl-faller.de
- Developed internal control systems and processes for collecting and recording information on the origin of jewellery materials supplied to us and, where available, information relating to due diligence carried out by suppliers.
- Reached out to all of our suppliers to communicate to request information.
- Developed a system for identifying risks in our supply chain and ´red-flag locations’.
To understand the potential and/or actual human rights risks that might be present in our upstream supply chain, we asked all of our suppliers to complete a survey questionnaire. This questionnaire asked suppliers to provide information on their legal compliance, labour practices, controls to manage child and forced labour risks, how they manage their impacts to the environment, the controls they have in place to ensure adequate workplace health & safety and the due diligence processes they have in place to address risks related to minerals originating from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (CAHRAs).
Questionnaire answers provided by suppliers indicate an overall low to medium level of risk with regards to human rights and labour practices. None of our gemstone suppliers are certified against the RJC COP or any other relevant standards and none of them have formalised policies in place, however we did not identify any serious human rights or labour practice risks (including forced labour, child labour, poor labour practices) based on the questionnaire responses provided. We intend to follow up with our suppliers to encourage them to join the RJC.
We will continue to work with our supply chain throughout 2023 to build on these efforts which will include, where applicable, steps to appropriately manage identified risks in alignment with our policies and the requirements of the RJC Code of Practices standard.
The implemented processes and controls to manage the environmental impacts of our direct business operations are still being enforced.