2020 FTJCo launches AKARA People+Planet which is our blend of 50% Recycled gold and 50% from Artisanal miners.
In 2018 FTJCo, working with IMPACT, created the first legal gold supply chain from a conflict affected area to North America.
FTJCo travelled to Bolivia to tell the story of a mine certified under the Fairmined standard.
We were the first company in North America to use Fairtrade Gold. In 2014, we followed that up by launching Fairmined gold in North America.
From 2006, we began sourcing artisanal gold from a co-operative in Columbia. In 2008, we visited them and shot The Last Gold Rush as they underwent their audit for Fairtrade certification.
Taking inspiration from the fashion industry's use of older materials in their supply chains, we have begun offering gemstones that pre-exist the OECD's guidance for responsible mineral supply chains, first published in July 2011.
We found a passionate Australian cutter who sources from small scale miners in South Queensland. We love the variety of colours we can now add to our AKARA offerings.
We began working with a company based in Sri Lanka & the United Kingdom purchasing gems that they had mined and cut themselves. This allowed us to offer curated gems under our AKARA responsible sourcing brand from a new country of origin.
We introduce launch AKARA Montana sapphires--that are precision-cut in the United States and gem lab certified.
We begin working with one of the only vertically integrated responsible mines in Madagascar, with cutting operations in Mauritius. Working with GCAL gem lab, we pioneered origin reports for these first AKARA brand gemstones.
FTJCo partners with Swarovski a company that shares our values, to launch Swarovski diamonds in North America. At the same time, FTJCo defaults to Swarovski-cut lab diamonds for it's small diamonds below 3.5mm.
We introduce some of the first Arisanally mined diamonds that are mined, cut and polished in South Africa which allows much more of the economic benefit to stay in the country of origin.
We add vintage diamonds dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries as well as recycled diamonds to our selection of sustainable diamond offerings.
In this year we added lab grown diamonds to our offerings as an alternative choice to conflict-free Canadian diamonds with the added benefit of a lower carbon footprint.
FTJCo launches with a commitment to use Canadian origin diamonds. We partner with Canadian cutter Embee Diamonds to carry the Sirius Star.
We chose food security as our COVID19 cause, donating a portion of sales to food banks local to our clients or to causes they chose.
We joined the United Nations Global compact to begin the process of aligning our business with measurable sustainable development goals. Just like when we became a BCORP, these are early steps on a long journey.
In 2016 we were asked to re-interpret the YWCA's Women of Distinction Award. Supporting women is a core value for us, so we were honoured to have this opportunity. Every year since then, we have been making the Toronto YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.
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