Sourcing & Labor Standards
SOURCING & LABOR STANDARDS
Choice by Choi sources its parts & products from countries all over the world, and we insist that our associates and product suppliers in our direct supply chain comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Our approved suppliers must verify in writing that they follow the Choice by Choi Supplier Code of Conduct.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND CALIFORNIA TRANSPARENCY IN SUPPLY CHAINS ACT
Choice by Choi is dedicated to eliminating human trafficking and forced labor on all levels of our supply chain. Choice by Choi is also committed to collaborating with others to eradicate human trafficking and support the work of international agencies and organizations dedicated to this cause. In 2015, we made a donation to the MGF Touch Foundation to support their work to prevent and end human trafficking. Choice by Choi complies with the CA Transparency in Supply Chains Act.
Choice by Choi is committed to (1) compliance with the Conflict Minerals Rule that was adopted pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, and (2) avoiding the use of Conflict Minerals which may directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups engaging in human rights abuses in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Conflict Minerals means columbite-tantalite (colton), cassiterite, gold, wolframite, and the derivatives tantalum, tin, and tungsten. We also expect our suppliers to communicate with us regarding their use of Conflict Minerals, including providing complete, accurate, and timely responses to surveys and other inquiries by Choice by Choi
LEAD CONTENT CLASSIFICATIONS
|At Choice by Choi, we work hard with manufacturers and testing agencies to ensure that our products meet the requirements of California's lead-in-adult-jewelry law, the most stringent law in the U.S.A. regarding lead content in adult jewelry. Products in our online store are labeled according to the classification chart below.
Information on this page covers the basics you need to know to comply with California law. Even if you don't live in California, you might need to follow these guidelines. Do you participate in California arts-&-crafts shows? Do you sell your wares online and ever ship to California? If you answered yes to either of these, you sell retail to California!
The California lead classification system is NOT the same as the CPSIA's Federal children's-jewelry law, but it DOES explain the lead content in our products. And, since California maintains the most stringent U.S. laws regarding lead content in adult jewelry components, their guidelines are good to follow for anyone concerned about jewelry safety—no matter where you live or sell your wares. How concerned should I be about lead content?
We also comply with California's Proposition 65, which requires the labeling of products that contain lead or other potentially hazardous substances, regardless of how those products are classified for use in jewelry. Many components deemed suitable by California for use in retail jewelry still require Prop. 65 labeling. For example, Swarovski® crystals and other leaded-glass parts require a Prop. 65 "lead warning" label even though they are Class 1 suitable materials under California's "lead-in jewelry" law.
Please keep in mind that none of our components are intended for the creation of children's jewelry, or intended for use by children under the age of thirteen.
**All gemstones Choice by Choi sells fit in Class 1 and are suitable for retail jewelry sold in California. The following stones do not fit in Class 1: aragonite, bayldonite, boleite, cerussite, crocoite, ekanite, linarite, mimetite, phosgenite, samarskite, vanadinite, and wulfenite.
How concerned should I be about lead content?
Lead (Pb)is an element used to make alloys (mixtures of metals) softer and to help alloys melt at lower temperatures. The problem with using lead in alloys is that it is toxic and can cause serious health problems, especially in children. Because children's bodies are still developing, lead can affect them in ways it is not likely to affect adults (concern for children is what initiated this legislation). The two main ways lead poses a danger are when it is:
Lead oxide (PbO)is a compound sometimes used in glassmaking. Advantages to using lead oxide in glass include increased refraction (which creates the beautiful prism effect we associate with glass crystal) and a lower working temperature/viscosity (which makes the glass easier to work with). During vitrification (when powdered ingredients melt under heat to form glass), the lead oxide becomes "trapped" inside the glass and can no longer be easily absorbed. In normal use, the lead in the leaded glass does not leach out the way metallic lead can. However, you should not store milk or acidic liquids (such as wine) in lead-crystal decanters for more than a few hours.