It's hard to believe that just a few years ago, Gardens of the Sun was a one woman operation with a dream to make a difference, creating jewelry on a wooden door turned into a table.
Today, it’s a whole different story - being officially B Corp certified!
31 January 2023 marks a special day in our little business’ history. It’s the day of achieving B Corp certification. We're talking fancy certificates and everything ;-)
*Cue confetti drop*
To us, this is no ordinary certification. It's like, a pretty big deal.
If you’d seen me the moment we finally received the news via email, you would've witnessed me bouncing off the walls with excitement levels higher than a toddler after destroying their first piñata. So yeah, I’m pretty proud to be carrying this very reputable badge of honor.
Now, I know what you might be thinking - what the heck is a B Corp and why are we so darn excited about it? Well, let me fill you in on the deets.
B Corp certification means an independent third party confirms a business is doing good for the world. It's a way for brands to show they're not just in it for the profits, but for the impact they can have on society and the environment too.
As a female-led business, we're all about being open and honest with our performance, looking at ethical leadership from within. We improved transparency from the management and gave more people in the company a voice in big decisions. And we’re so happy with this change.
We pay all our employees above minimum wage, and they all get health insurance, a pension, and paid parental leave for both moms and dads. Plus, 75% of our employees are women, and 100% of managerial positions are filled by women. We even have a weekly yoga class together to keep it zen.
We give back to the community we source gold from by offering scholarships. Since most of the jewelry we make is for women, we support women’s health. And, we make sure our gold is coming from the right sources - traceable and ethically sourced.
We source gold from artisanal miners that have pledged not to deforest, use recycled silver, and planted over 55,000 trees in Indonesia and Madagascar. Plus, we offset our direct and indirect carbon emissions - well beyond merely offsetting shipping.
We listen to what our clients have to say and make changes based on their feedback. You are just as important to us as the miners and artisans we work with, so we like to make sure you keep raving about this favorite little jeweler of yours.