Houlden / Ethical trading policy

Ethical Trading Policy

Operating ethically builds consumer confidence in our product and business, supports our stakeholder relationships and helps us to achieve our long term development goals. It is our commitment to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large. Therefore we have a commitment to maintaining the highest standards in the supply chain of the jewellery industry. We observe the highest ethical standards. We insist our business partners do the same. We aim to source products from suppliers who produce goods that meet acceptable minimum ethical standards.


We believe that a business should protect, and where possible, improve the environment, promote sustainable development and prevent the wasteful use of natural resources. We expect our business partners to comply with all current local environmental laws and regulations. Additionally, we encourage our suppliers to promote responsible environmental practices. Therefore as a responsible member of the diamond and jewellery industry, we work with our suppliers to ensure our consumers receive only the finest goods procured from ethical sources.

We are committed to promoting a healthy working environment, fair standards, gender equality and environmental awareness and generally encourage the growth and adoption of ethical trading and responsible sourcing in all aspects of our business.

Our suppliers are required to warrant that they will not source diamonds from conflict regions, to ensure that the aims and requirements of the Kimberley Process are achieved.

Supply Chain

Conflict-Free Diamond Policy

Our Company has a zero-tolerance policy toward conflict diamonds. All suppliers must comply with the Kimberly Process (www.kimberleyprocess.com). We will not knowingly purchase or sell any products that originate from a group or a country which supports or engages in illegal, inhumane or terrorist activities. We only purchase diamonds through respected suppliers, who like us, adhere to and enforce the standards established by the Kimberley Process. All our suppliers guarantee that any diamonds are conflict free, and that written warranties are provided by the supplier to that effect.

More information is available www.diamondfacts.org.


The CEO has been designated as the director responsible for ensuring that the company adhere to our Ethical Trading policy, and reports to the Board on a regular basis.

Gold Sourcing

Responsible mining is important and we aim to ensure that our gold and metals come from suppliers that meet the highest human rights, social, and environmental criteria. We achieve this by using reputable and fully recognised responsible suppliers.

More information available at www.gold.org andwww.nodirtygold.org