“A precondition of your long-term success is that you endeavor to think not only of yourselves but also of your fellow human beings”. – Daniel Swarovski (1862 – 1956)
We understand that a successful business nurtures and engages a diverse workforce and creates an inclusive working environment. Every individual has the right to a sense of belonging and the ability to express themselves without judgment or prejudice. We continue to uphold these fundamental beliefs for our colleagues, our partners, and throughout society, driving impact through investing in our people-focused programs and remaining dedicated to developing our initiatives further.
Discover more below about the three pillars of our sustainability strategy that focus on people: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion; Empowerment & Education; and Rights & Respect.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
- Reduce bias in our recruitment by exploring recruitment practices including AI tech.
- Increase the diversity of our campaigns to include individuals from underrepresented groups.
- Celebrate the LGBT+ community externally and internally, providing education and awareness opportunities.
We are also proud signatories of the Women’s Empowerment Principles and the UN Standards of Conduct for Business, and are members of Workplace Pride.
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We are proud to support many employee-led groups and networks within Swarovski that provide community building, awareness-raising, and shared action. For example, eMpoWer together aims to empower women at work and Pride at Swarovski supports and celebrates the LGBT+ community.
Additionally, we run supply-chain-focused projects with NGOs such as BSR HERproject and Raks Thai Foundation to provide support for issues including financial literacy and reproductive health.
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We are proud signatories of the UN Free & Equal campaign and UN Standards of Conduct for Business Tackling Discrimination against LGBTI People, and we are members of Workplace Pride.
Empowerment & Education
- Raise awareness, educate, and foster behavior change in relation to sustainability and equality issues.
- Support academic institutions to drive sustainability, and promote sustainable design through donating reignited crystals.
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In partnership with the London College of Fashion we run the Swarovski Innovator Award, an annual competition for final year BA Fashion Jewelry students. We also established the Swarovski Conscious Design Hub on the Central Saint Martins website, acting as a showcase for research and design work and demonstrating to students that we are committed to a sustainable future.
We supported Team Xtend in 2021 as part of the competition to develop ideas for incentivizing circular behaviors and re-purposing pre-loved jewelry. Team Xtend won with their mobile app that promotes circularity and reduces waste by encouraging customers to recycle their used jewelry for repurposing, and to either rent or purchase previous season or re-worked Swarovski items. Following the success of the Innovate2030 project, we ran a project with the Milano Fashion Institute to elicit more ideas for promoting circularity from talented digital natives.
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Our apprenticeships run for up to four years and cover 11 different specialisms, such as chemical lab technology, carpentry, and several engineering professions. As well as learning the craft of their trade, we make sure our apprentices are prepared for a variety of operational processes, experience cutting-edge AI and VR, learn the latest software packages, and develop soft skills for their personal development. Since 1953, when the program started, we have trained more than 1,500 apprentices from 12 different nations.
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In November 2021, we became a member of the program and committed to mentoring 50 refugee women over three years, beginning in Switzerland in early 2022. The goal of the mentorship program is to upskill the women and give them the best possible chance of finding employment. The program focuses on career development and professional advancement and intends to equip refugee women with practical skills and knowledge for the job market, including improving their CVs and social media profiles, explaining the recruitment processes of their host country, and addressing potential cultural differences in the workplace.
Rights & Respect
It is vital that all those working throughout our value chain can be confident that their human rights are protected.
- Respect the rights of our people and strive to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for all.
- Provide working environments and sound employment conditions in accordance with SMETA, the UN Guiding Principles, and the International Labour Organization Core Conventions.
RSI is a systematic, risk-based approach to assessing suppliers’ performance against our Code of Conduct. Since 2014, this has helped us to ensure safe and healthy working conditions as well as rigorous employment practices from our suppliers. Through the RSI program, we monitor supply chain labor practices and work closely with our suppliers to drive continuous improvement.