CLIMATE AND ENERGY
We are committed to reinforcing action against climate change by minimising energy consumption and shifting to renewable sources. We are also committed to reducing and mitigating GHG emissions throughout our entire value chain, which includes our three production sites in Switzerland and in Germany, 14 subsidiaries, and more than 65 own-name boutiques.
In order to mitigate the impacts stemming from employees’ commuting, our Maison is a member of the Centrale Mobilité, which aims to work on solutions for reducing the number of individual cars through a shared transport platform, awareness campaigns and other initiatives.
Water is the most precious resource on Earth. At Chopard, we are committed to managing water resources responsibly, not only at production sites, but also throughout the supply chain. We monitor all water consumption volumes and have implemented water recycling systems in our facilities. Discharged water is treated according to local legal standards.
Our water usage
We have also started conducting an assessment of our supply chains to investigate whether any of the key mines from which we source gold are located in water-stress areas.
Of four key gold mine suppliers located in Latin America, two are located in Arequipa, a region of Peru characterised by a high baseline water stress index (meaning the ratio of total water withdrawals to available renewable water supplies is too high). However, thanks to the fact that these mines are part of responsible sourcing initiatives (Fairmined certified or Better Gold Initiative/SBGA), actions have been undertaken to ensure that water is managed responsibly.
As a result, no negative impact is caused on the water supply available to local communities, with one of the mines in Peru even proving 100% rate of water reuse as well as collecting rainwater for its mining operations.
Use of chemicals
In order to minimise the environmental and health impacts caused by chemical substances, we have created an internal Committee tasked with the research and promotion of the use of alternative materials and substances.
Wherever possible, our Maison tries to replace chemicals and potential hazardous substances with lower-impact alternatives. For example, we have replaced the lubricants on 77% of all machinery with a lubricant free of any hazard symbols and therefore less harmful to the environment and human health.
All our printed marketing and communication material, as well as all instore shopping bags and wrapping, are made of FSC-certified paper.
In addition, we are also looking to increasingly replace the materials used with lower-impact ones. For example, our wooden walnut boxes are produced using FSC-certified wood, water-based varnish and glue, recycled paper and cardboard, as well as stainless steel hinges and fastening systems which can be infinitely recycled. Our Animal World Boxes are produced with FSC wood and 100% natural silk.