RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS POLICY
NOVITA is a jewelry wholesale distributing company in the state of California.
We have 1 site located in Monrovia, CA and we employ 21 personnel.
NOVITA is a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).
The RJC is a standards-setting organization that has been established to advance responsible ethical,
human rights, social and environmental practices throughout the diamond, colored gem stones, gold and platinum group metals jewelry supply chain.
The RJC has developed a benchmark standard for the jewellery supply chain and credible mechanisms for verifying responsible business practices through third-party auditing.
As an RJC certified member, we commit to operating our business in accordance with the RJC Code of Practices. We commit to integrating ethical, human rights, social and environmental considerations into our day-to-day operations, business planning activities and decision making processes.
NOVITA is a member of CalChamber. We receive advocacy newsletters and alerts covering the latest business and legislative news. We have access to state and federal laws regarding labor, human rights, hazardous material, etc.
For business ethical considerations we have set Anti Money Laundering (AML), supplier terms of business, and Know Your Counterparty (KYC) policies.
We are aware of the impact businesses have on the environment, and we are sensitive with our daily practices.
Socially, inclusivity and diversity is a part of our policy. We have an equal percentage of men and women in management. Our policy is to make sure to keep that percentage.
We prohibit bribery in our business practices carried out by anyone in the company.
Management shall conduct annual reviews to assess adequacy of the business practices to make
improvements and address any gaps. . Our due diligence procedures are available upon request.
As our industry moves forward to responsible practices, we ask that as part of your grievances you let us know if there are any violations in the supply chain by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Conflict Free Sourcing Policy 2021
1.NOVITA is a jewelry distributing company. This policy confirms NOVITA’s commitment to respect human rights, avoid contributing to the finance of conflict and comply with all relevant UN sanctions, resolutions and laws. 86 RJC Code of Practices Guidance 2.
2.NOVITA is a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). As such, we commit to proving, through independent third-party verification, that we: a. respect human rights according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work; b. do not engage in or tolerate bribery, corruption, money laundering or finance of terrorism; c. support transparency of government payments and rights-compatible security forces in the extractives industry; d. do not provide direct or indirect support to illegal armed groups; e. enable stakeholders to voice concerns about the jewellery supply chain; and f. are implementing the OECD five-step framework as a management process (and Supplement on Gold if applicable) for risk-based due diligence for responsible supply chains of minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.
3.We also commit to using our influence to prevent abuses by others. In order to insure our products contain conflict-free minerals, we have set standards in our company to comply with the international and U.S. law H.R. 4173, often referred to as "Dodd-Frank Act”, which prohibits sourcing minerals from conflict areas including Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining regions which might finance conflict. We require due diligence for responsible sourcing from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (CAHRAs). We are committed to work with our vendors and suppliers to develop solutions to recognize and promote responsible sourcing of minerals. On a continued basis, we will follow an established program to only accept gold from precious metal trading companies and refiners on the LBMA good delivery list, EICC/GeSI conflict –free compliant smelter list, DMCC list, certified members of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), and companies which certify and independently audit that all gold supplies are conflict free.
4.Regarding serious abuses associated with the extraction, transport or trade of gold: We will neither tolerate nor profit from, contribute to, assist or facilitate the commission of: a. torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment; b. forced or compulsory labour; c. the worst forms of child labour; d. human rights violations and abuses; or e. war crimes, violations of international humanitarian law, crimes against humanity or genocide.
5.We will immediately stop engaging with upstream suppliers if we find a reasonable risk that they are committing abuses described in paragraph 4 or are sourcing from, or linked to, any party committing these abuses.
6.Regarding direct or indirect support to non-state armed groups: We will not tolerate direct or indirect support to non-state armed groups, including, but not limited to, procuring gold from,
making payments to, or otherwise helping or equipping non-state armed groups or their affiliates who illegally: a. control mine sites, transportation routes, points where gold is traded and upstream actors in the supply chain; or b. tax or extort money, or gold at mine sites, along transportation routes or at points where gold is traded, or from intermediaries, export companies or international traders.
7. We will immediately stop engaging with upstream suppliers if we find a reasonable risk that they are sourcing from, or are linked to, any party providing direct or indirect support to non-state armed groups as described in paragraph 6.
8.Regarding public or private security forces: We affirm that the role of public or private security forces is to provide security to workers, facilities, equipment and property in accordance with the rule of law, including law that guarantees human rights. We will not provide direct or indirect support to public or private security forces that commit abuses described in paragraph 4, or that act illegally as described in paragraph 6.
9.Regarding bribery and fraudulent misrepresentation of the origin of gold: We will not offer, promise, give or demand bribes, and will resist the solicitation of bribes, to conceal or disguise the origin of gold, or to misrepresent taxes, fees and royalties paid to governments for the purposes of extraction, trade, handling, transport and export of gold. 10. Regarding money laundering: We will support and contribute to efforts to eliminate money laundering where we identify a reasonable risk resulting from, or connected to, the extraction, trade, handling, transport or export of gold.
We encourage our vendors and suppliers to be aware of socially responsible sourcing throughout their supply chain. We have annual internal audits to verify compliance with our conflict-free policy.This policy goes hand in hand with insuring our vendors and suppliers have safe and healthy working conditions for all their employees.