Affiliations & certifications
We've worked hard for accredition from third-party organizations like B Corp and the Responsible Jewellery Council to give you confidence in our company and our product.
Certified B Corps are companies that have met a 360 degree view of their ethical practices and how they change positively impact the world around them. There is a long audit process where we, like other companies, had to detail how our products are made, how we pay our workers, how we effect positive social change in our local communities among many other social metrics.
As a certified B-Corp since 2013, we are proud to be counted among international brands like Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s.
Certified Living Wage Employer
One of our core values at FTJCo is fair compensation, which goes for everyone from the miners who mine our Fairmined gold, to our own team here in Toronto. We have always prided ourselves on offering competitive wages, and in 2021 we officially became certified as a Living Wage Employer. A living wage reflects what people need to earn to cover the actual costs of living in their community, by drawing on community-specific data to determine the expenses of a family with two working adults and two children.
All that FTJCo has achieved to date and will continue to achieve in the future is a result of a talented group of people working together as a team. We launched an Employee Share Ownership Program (ESOP) in 2022 to further invest in our team. Participating in our ESOP provides employees with greater economic and professional agency, and as shareholders, team members have input in key business decisions and developments. Being employee owned helps us to attract and retain qualified, hardworking and talented staff and to share the benefits of the business with them.
We were the first jeweller in North America to use Fairtrade certified gold. The Fairtrade Labelling Organization is the same body that certifies products such as Coffee and Cocoa, and our certification is subject to a quarterly report and review. You will recognize our certification by the Fairtrade logo that is stamped into all of our pieces made with Fairtrade gold.
We were the first jeweller in North America and the second in the world (Chopard was first–but that’s pretty good company to be in) to use Fairmined certified gold. The Alliance for Responsible Mining is the body that sets the standard for Fairmined certified metals.
COMPETITION BUREAU OF CANADA
We have been awarded the right to use the Canadian ‘National Mark’ for all of our made-in-Canada jewellery. To earn this certification, we were subject to a government audit of our processes and production.
Responsible Jewellery Council
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is an industry-led group of jewellers that sets standards for everyone in the industry–from miners to retailers–so that consumers can be confident that a purchase from an RJC member has met the highest standard for ethical practices on both a product and management level. To gain and maintain our RJC membership we’re subject to regular 3rd party audits of our management and production processes. We hold certification for both manufacturing and retail.
We've been a member of RJC since 2010. Our team members have sat on the RJC board and co-chaired the standards committee which oversees the standards implemented for all members.