The forests and meadows of the Neuchâtel Jura region is home to Piaget's manufacture, in the small village of la Côte-aux-Fées, an inspiring setting rich in life and color. This nature inspires our work and craftsmanship, which is why we are committed to preserve this living treasure. From the use of solar energy, Co2 compensation and improved waste management systems, we strive to minimize our environmental impact. Our priorities include reducing our direct emissions through an optimized management of our building's consumption and reduced travels. Proud of where we've come from, we continuously look for areas of improvement, including the optimization of our supply chain, our next challenge.
At Piaget, we ensure we are doing our best to make every part of our business more sustainable. We have reduced car emissions at our Headquarters by 15% thanks to our soft mobility plan. This includes implementing 8 electric-charging parking spaces and our electric bike scheme that allows employees to use them for professional or private journeys. We also make sure that for trips or meetings we are using the most CO2 efficient means of transport, like carpooling or trains.
One of our main goals is to reduce our direct Co2 emissions. We have built our Headquarters to meet the Minergie standard for low energy output and high use of renewable energy, set up solar panels on the roof of our Geneva Manufacture, use green electricity in our production facility and encourage commuters to travel in a sustainable way.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is an internationally recognised green building certification rating system. We use this to measure the environmental attributes of our facilities. For example, our Boutique in Changsha, China, is our first store to be awarded a Gold LEED certification and we aim to pursue this further in 2019 (in the years to come).
PACKAGING & PAPER
Sustainability is kept in mind through every part of our business, down to the materials we use for all our paper communications, packaging and office paper. We only use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) wood for our boxes, catalogues and art books. 93% in 2018 of paper and cardboard were from recycled or certified sources and 80% of our obsolete communication materials have been recycled since 2011. Even our shopping bags are made up of at least 40% post-consumer waste.
Our aim is to reduce single-use plastic at every step of our supply chain. We have eliminated it in our boutiques worldwide, as well as at the headquarters and manufacturers. We also offer reusable water flasks to our employees in Switzerland. Our next step is to find packaging solutions for spare-part transportation and consumer packaging.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: We aim to reduce our non-recyclable waste by 30% by 2020. In 2019 we introduced facilities in our 3 Swiss locations to make use of or recycle waste materials including glass, paper, plastics, organic products, chemicals and metals. We also work with local specialists for more resilient materials.
RESPONSIBLE JEWELLERY COUNCIL
As a member of the RJC since 2006, we are commited to staying on top of environmental management best practices. Every 3 years we have been recertified as a member, most recently in 2017. This council has been vital in promoting responsible ethics, human rights, and social and environmental practices throughout the gold and diamond supply chains.
In order to offset our carbon footprint, Piaget funds a range of projects across the globe to help protect the environment and help us reach the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These projects range from energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and creating clean drinking water.
Learn more about our various environmental projects.
HARNESS THE POWER OF THE SUN
Founded in 2006 to fight climate change and poverty, Solar Aid is an international charity that brings solar lights and energy to some of the most remote regions of Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia. We partnered with this NGO because their ethos and activity strongly aligns with our brand concept of the Sunny Side of Life.
PEACE PARK FOUNDATION (PPF)
PFF is a South African non-profit organization that establishes transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs), in order to revitalize and protect key eco-systems. This organization is teaming up with BioCarbon Partners as part of a carbon offset initiative. Richemont has commited to a seven-year agreement, whereby they will purchase carbon offsets in the form of these conservation areas that PFF protects. This helps to ensure long-term preservation of critical wildlife habitats and endangered species. These purchases will also provide livelihood opportunities and give infrastructure to rural communities in Zambia.
RAINFOREST AND BIODIVERSITY PROTECTION
Creating local, sustainable and valuable opportunities within the Peruvian Brazil Nut industry. This project works with communities to integrate modern processing equipment and access to international markets and forest protection practices, high-quality Brazil nuts are produced without impacting on local native forests. A revenue share generated by every hectare of forest protected is distributed amongst smallholder families that manage the area.
CLEAN AIR COOKSTOVE INDIA
Change that starts with a stove. This project has created jobs and reduced deforestation through the design, manufacture, and distribution of efficient household cookstoves in southern India. Specially designed to reduce smoke and toxic emissions by 80%, the stoves have improved the health and wellbeing over 200,000 households and prevented the emissions of 27,495 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.
SAFE WATER FOR A BETTER HEALTH
Clean and safe drinking water should be afforded to all, that's why we've partnered with NGO 1001 FONTAINES on their project that uses water purification technologies at water treatment stations in rural areas. The project enables locals to earn a living by purifying and distributing locally sourced water. There are currently more than 150 enterprises providing, clean, affordable water to over 222,000 people.
2019 Piaget Prix Romand for best designer and jeweler
We are proud to grant the Best Designer and Jeweler Awards to fourth-year jewelry students from applied and technical arts schools.
2018 Piaget HEAD Young Talents Prize
For the 6th consecutive year, Piaget partners with Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) with the PIAGET – HEAD Young Talents Prize.
Piaget sponsorship of students from HEJ
Piaget is proud to announce the double sponsorship of the students starting the CSJ and the students starting the Bachelor in Jewelry design from La Haute Ecole de Joaillerie.