In a virtual press-conference held recently, the company’s chief executive officer Malou Caluza noted that the jewelry industry has faced criticism for the dangerous nature of mining the precious gemstones, so companies have to ensure that they observe ethics in their daily operations.
She said that now, more than ever, consumers are demanding for more transparency in supply chains and ethical sourcing of raw materials.
“QNET is dedicated towards this cause as we want to make a positive impact in the lives of our people, the communities in which we operate, and the environment,” she said.
She said sustainable mining wants anyone in the mining industry to be conscious of the supply chain to ensure that the precious gems are not fueling child labour or funding terror groups, or any other unethical practice for that matter.
Caluza said QNET, with its recent release of the Timeless Tanzanite collection is partnering with suppliers who are certified members of The Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC) to reduce the presence of unlawful mining practices and to improve supply chain accountability.
The RJC is a not-for-profit global leader, focused on setting standards for ethical sustainability in the jewelry and luxury watch industries, and uses periodic third-party auditing to assess vendors’ supply chains.
“Working with suppliers who are responsible, fair, and ethical is important to QNET as it is an integral part of our business core values. We strive to deliver more than high quality products–we want our customers to be able to buy with confidence knowing that each piece is produced in fair working conditions using sustainable materials.”
Caluza noted that Tanzanite is an exceptionally rare gemstone and is found in only one place in the world, the hills of Merelani in northern Tanzania, a region renowned for Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest single freestanding mountain in the world.
Since its discovery in 1967 by the Maasai tribe, the gemstone has not only strengthened the Tanzanian economy, and created jobs for local people; but also helped fund various community projects, bettering the lives of the people in the region surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro.
“Tanzanite is a truly unique African gemstone. When our customers buy these elegant pieces of jewelry they not only get to own a piece of exceptional rarity and beauty set with only lawfully mined authentic stones, but they are also helping to support the livelihood of thousands in the local mining community who have relied on the industry for many years,” added Caluza.
QNET is an international e-commerce based direct selling company headquartered in Hong Kong. It is one of Asia’s leading e-commerce based direct selling companies offering a wide range of health, wellness and lifestyle products that enable people to lead better lives.
QNET’s business model pivoted upon technology and e-commerce has helped empower millions of entrepreneurs in more than 100 countries worldwide.