RAPAPORT… UK-based consultancy Levin Sources has
launched a responsible-sourcing service for small to medium-sized (SME)
Developed to support SME jewelers in
establishing ethical-sourcing policies and procedures, the new proposition was formally
inaugurated on June 27, to coincide with Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized
Enterprises (MSME) Day.
The service, which has already been
rolled out to two jewelers and is in the process of being delivered to a third,
features a modular learning program, allowing participants to tailor the training
to their needs. Educators at Levin Sources provide a toolkit of materials —
which they customize to participants’ requirements — and one-to-one support
from a team member.
Key topics include guidance on devising
ethical policies, establishing responsible-sourcing practices through supplier
due diligence, and preparing for certification. The program also offers a
module on producing customer-facing communications, storytelling and content
“Small jewelers need to balance their need with their
ambition, their budget and also with the time they have available,” explained Fabiana Di Lorenzo, senior manager for responsible
sourcing at Levin Sources. “This is why we’ve created this flexible
service…to empower them to work more effectively and efficiently…and to know
better how to source responsibly and more affordably, while building more meaningful
relationships with new or existing suppliers.”
Currently available to jewelers in the UK, Ireland,
continental Europe and the US, and priced from GBP 600 ($754) per module, the
consultancy plans to expand its Responsible Sourcing for Small Jewellers Service
to other parts of the world.
Levin Sources will be presenting a seminar on responsible
sourcing for small jewelers at the upcoming Fair Luxury event, part of
International Jewellery London (IJL), on September 3.
Image: Fabiana Di Lorenzo. (Magnus Arrevad)