Lazare Kaplan Puerto Rico Plant Secures International StandardJuly 10, 05
Lazare Kaplan International Inc has announced that its state-of-the-art diamond cutting and polishing facility in Caguas, Puerto Rico has been certified by Social Accountability International (SAI) to be compliant with the highest international workplace standards.
SAI’s first social accountability system, SA8000, offers retailers, brand companies, suppliers and other organizations an internationally recognized means to measure and maintain proper working conditions throughout the supply chain. The SA8000 standard and verification system is a credible, comprehensive and efficient tool for assuring humane workplaces and public reporting.
Leon Tempelsman, Vice-Chairman of LKI, said, “Certification of our Puerto Rico factory to the highest standard of international workplace norms demonstrates the company’s commitment to putting our values into action. SA 8000 is based on International Labor Organization conventions, the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Convention on Rights of the Child.
This is in line with LKI’s long standing leadership position in the diamond industry. It offers further assurance to our customers of LKI’s commitment to implementing the very best workplace practices at a time when transparency and best practices play a welcome and increasingly important part in the transformation of the industry.”