The accreditation process to become a B-Corp involves an in-depth analysis of the business’ entire social and environmental performance, to assess its impact on its workers, community, environment and customers. Other well-known brands within the B-Corp community include: Patagonia, Ben and Jerry’s, and Eileen Fisher.
According to the jeweller, ethics and sustainability have long been “high on the agenda at EC One”, marked when the jeweller created the first ever piece of jewellery made from Fairtrade Gold in 2011.
Over the past few years co-founders, Jos and Alison Skeates, said they have been pioneering new ways to make their business as sustainable and responsible as possible.
This includes a pledge to only use recycled and Fairtrade gold in their workshop, work with materials that are sourced responsibly; a commitment from all staff in the business to commute via public transport, cycling or walking and support for the local community by offering apprenticeships and donations towards charitable causes.
Jos Skeates, co-founder of EC One, said: “After many months of hard work we are thrilled (and a little relieved) to become certified and associated with this amazing movement.”