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KATHRYN New York is committed to and holds ourselves accountable for responsible and sustainable business practices, including respect for human rights.  We operate with supply chain principles and associated safeguards, including independent auditing of supply chains and the furthering of ethical and environmentally-sustainable operations.

We are committed to combating slavery, forced labor, human trafficking and other unlawful and/or unethical practices throughout our business and our supply chains.

Our Supply Chain

One of our core values is people.  People means our customers, our team and our communities. Our supply chain encompasses the provision of goods and services, both within and outside the U.S.  We engage with approximately 10 suppliers of valuable metals and gemstones used in the manufacture of our products (“Product Suppliers”).  Our Product Suppliers operate in countries such as Brazil, China, India, Thailand, the United States and more.

Our Commitment to Human Rights

KATHRYN New York is committed to ensuring there is no slavery, forced labor or human trafficking occurring in our supply chains, or indeed any other part of our business.  

We expect our employees to uphold our values of Purpose, People and Passion.  In addition, we actively encourage employees to raise any behaviors or activities they believe to be unlawful or unethical in any part of our business or operations.

We also expect all our suppliers to adhere to the highest legal and ethical standards, and to operate free from discrimination, slavery, forced labor and human trafficking.  

We aim to ensure our Product Suppliers meet these high standards by a combination of the following:

  1. Supplier Social Compliance

All suppliers undergo an annual workplace conditions assessment (WCA) audit.  WCA is a social compliance audit which tracks and evaluates key areas such as labor, wages, health and safety, management systems and environment conditions. Our suppliers are notified of any non-conformance concerns and performance is monitored appropriately including follow-up audits, to ensure that standards are met.  Audits are undertaken at least every 12 months.

  1. Supplier Visibility

We routinely inspect our Product Suppliers to ensure their transparency and compliance with the highest ethical and legal standards.

  1. Contractual Clauses

Our supplier agreement further requires our suppliers to confirm that they have not been investigated for, or convicted of, offences involving corruption of breach of human rights laws and standards.  In addition, suppliers are required to implement their own transparent due diligence programs in order to ensure that none of their sub-contractors or suppliers are engaged directly or indirectly in slavery or human trafficking.

Next Steps

We will continue to routinely assess the issues of slavery and human trafficking within our organization.

Kathryn Matz, CEO, Chief Designer, and Founder