Boma Jewelry has created this Environmental Management System (EMS) to help us better manage the environmental aspects of our operations. Boma uses public and available tools as a resource that are linked and sourced when relevant. We acknowledge that our environmental approach is holistic and multi-dimensional and our process is a journey that we will continue to learn from and adapt to over time. As we have learned in the process there is no silver bullet, climate solutions are interconnected as a system and we need a full system of them.


Environmental Policy:


Boma Jewelry is committed to protecting the environment. To minimize environmental impacts concerning our activities, products and services, we shall:


  • Comply with applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the Company subscribes which relate to its environmental aspects.
  • Prevent pollution, reduce waste and minimise the consumption of resources.
  • Educate, train and motivate employees to carry out tasks in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • Encourage environmental protection among suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Commit to continual improvement of environmental performance. 


Project Drawdown


Boma uses the Drawdown Review 2020 (published March 10, 2020)  as a source and guideline for identifying our core climate solutions (Source). From this guide we have  evaluated the appropriate solutions that are relevant to our industry and  business.



What is Drawdown?


Drawdown is described as the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. This is the point when we begin the process of stopping further climate change and averting potentially catastrophic warming. It is a critical turning point for life on Earth- one we must reach as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible (Source).

Top Climate Solutions Advised by Project Drawdown


The core climate solutions outlined are summarized by the following categories:


  • Reduce Sources - bringing emissions to zero
  • Support Sinks - uplifting nature’s carbon cycle
  • Improve Society - fostering equality for all


  • Top Objectives,  Solutions and Goals Adopted by Boma


    We believe that we can make the most positive environmental impact by adopting the following solutions and working on a long-term strategy to execute these changes over the next 3 years. Our top objectives and solutions include:



    Reduce Sources - bringing emissions to zero


    Goal & Description

    Partner

    Goal Achieved by

    Electricity

    Shift Production: away from fossil fuels to 100% solar, renewable energy for our factory in Thailand.

    Thai Solar Energy

    2023

    Enhance efficiency: by assessing our existing factory in Thailand for considering green roofs use for soil and vegetation as a living insulation and reducing emissions.

    Internal

    2023

    Enhance efficiency: by assessing our existing factory in Thailand for improved insulation and more efficient cooling to limit the cut back the reliance on air-conditioning and lower emissions.

    Internal

    2021

    Enhance efficiency: by bringing down electricity use by 10% at our factory in Thailand by switching to LED lighting solutions, turning off lighting and electronics during break, lunchtime and after hours. 

    Internal

    Q4 2020

    Enhance efficiency:  by bringing down electricity use by 20% at our office in Renton, Washington  by switching to LED lighting solutions, turning off lighting and electronics during break, lunchtime and after hours. 

    Internal

    Q4 2020

    Food, Agriculture & Land Use

    Plant Rich Diets: among our factory employees in Thailand which are mostly Buddhist and receptive to communication on diet, encourage a plant-rich diet and how it positively promotes environmentalism, thereby reducing and clearing fertilizer use, burping cattle and greenhouse gas emissions.

    Internal

    Q4 2020

    Industry

    Address Refrigerants: assess our use of air-conditioning refrigerants to be replaced with benign alternatives and ensure proper disposal of refrigerants by implementing a clear policy and guideline of  disposal at our factory in Thailand.

    Internal

    2023

    Improve materials: while we do work with recycled silver it is not certified recycle, therefore work to introduce 35% certified recycle silver into our supply.

    SCS Recycle Certified

    2021

    Improve materials: introduce certified ethical gold into our supply chain and have at least 35% of our gold sourced from ethically managed and supported  mines.

    Fairmined Gold

    2021

    Improve materials: each year our production uses 1,465 kg or 385,000 plastic bags to protect our finished products from tarnishing and for proper packaging to protect it before reaching end consumers. By switching to bioplastics that utilize plants as an alternative source of carbon, we will be able to lower emissions and have the potential for being biodegradable.

    Advance Bio

    Q4 2020

    Use waste: by working with renewable energy and environmental management company to conduct an assessment of our factory in Thailand to highlight  areas of improvement on our waste water management and advisory on switching to renewable energies.

    Papop Thailand

    2022

    Use waste: each year our production process works with over 480 kg of rubber molds used in our casting process to make each piece of jewelry. We are looking into creative partnership to reuse these rubber molds to be upcycled to new products like floor tiles, rubber sandals or bags

    TBD

    Testing beginning Q4 2020

    Recycling; continue to work primarily with technological nutrients (materials) like precious metals that are able to be infinitely recycled. For more information see “Circular Design and Zero Waste Ethos”

    None

    2020

    Recycled Paper: limit our use of printed materials within the office and recycle all paper from our office. Reduce the amount of print catalogues year over year 10%. Source from packaging (envelopes, boxes, cards) that are FSC (forest stewardship council) certified.

    None

    2020

    Product Packaging: for the short term (next 12 months), use guidelines from the Sustainable Packaging Coalition to improve in the short term packaging solutions. 

    Sustainable Packaging Coalition 

    Q4 2020

    Product Packaging:i for the long term (next 24 months), use Cradle to Cradle Design guidelines for packaging and logistics.

    Cradle to Cradle Principles

    2022

    Transportation

    Telepresence: integrate visual, audio and network technologies so that our teams can interact across geographies cutting down on travel by air and its emissions.

    Internal policy

    Q4 2020

    Efficient Aviation: assess our shipments for better options that are designed to be fuel-saving, improving efficiency and trimming emissions

    TBD

    2021

    Buildings

    Shift energy sources: Switching to Renewable Energy sources at our factory. Work with a local partner in Thailand to install solar at our factory and switch to 100% renewable energy by 2023 and switching to 50% renewable energy for our office in the state of Washington by 2021

    TBD

    2023

    Other

    Carbon Neutrality reached by offsets: Boma is currently reviewing options and partners on its goals towards carbon neutrality. We’re currently working with Carbon Neutral certified to understand our carbon footprint and learning about the  tools and resources to offset our emissions. By 2021 work towards carbon neutrality.

    Carbon Neutral Certified

    2021

    Mining and Processing: audit and visit our top 5 precious metal (silver, gold) and stone ( turquoise, onyx, mother of pearl)   sources to review their facilities, procedures and policies on safety, environment and labor. Share our vendor code of ethics to work towards improvements if possible or source vendors with standards that meet our environmental, ethical and sustainable requirements.

    Internal

    2021

    Environmental Quality Monitoring: improve performance on our bi-annual environmental reports by improving air emissions quality, sound quality, heat stress, wastewater quality and drinking water quality at our factory in Thailand. 

    Health & Envitech

    Q4 2020

    Circular Design x  Zero Waste Ethos: (note: category created by Boma)

    We plan to publish our ethos and commitment towards circular design and zero waste of precious metals and stone within our supply chain by Earth Day 2020 (April 22). By adopting the following design principles below we believe that we can make positive impact while reducing our waste and promoting circular design principles within fashion.

    High-Quality, Lasting Design: publish our statement and commitment to high-quality and lasting designs and consideration for new designs to be sustainable and lasting, not disposable.

    Internal

    Earth Day - April 22, 2020

    Sourcing from Archives: publish our statement and commitment to using our archive of 100,000 samples in new production to limit the development, resources and materials used to make new products

    Internal

    Earth Day - April 22, 2020

    Redesign and Re-issue: publish our statement and commitment on our unique capability to redesign and reissue existing designs from our 40 year history and heritage

    Internal

    Earth Day - April 22, 2020

    Using Deadstock Materials: publish our statement and commitment to using our deadstock materials. Introducing new retail holiday collections that utilize deadstock materials.

    Internal

    Earth Day - April 22, 2020

    Upcycling Materials: publish our statement and commitment to upcycling our existing  materials for example discarded genuine stones into new stone resin products.. Introducing new retail holiday collections that utilize deadstock materials.

    Internal

    Earth Day - April 22, 2020

    Internal Recycling overstock; publish our statement and commitment to internally recycling our materials within our production process.  Recycle old, unused precious metals to new products and introduce for new retail holiday collections.

    Internal

    Q1 2020

    Reissuing Vintage Designs: in 2020 we’ve already begun testing and reissuing old samples and deadstock that we have held in our archives for 20, 30+ years through our online store and through selected partnerships. Our goal is to recirculate $100,000 retail value of these rare, unique items in the next year and to increase vintage sales year over year by 15%.

    Internal

    2021

    Education & Awareness on Secondhand: committing to providing clear information on the value of our products so customers are aware of their material life and the possibility for after use (avoiding landfill) which could be recycling it, giving to pawn shops for cash, reselling on Ebay or Etsy. From our company’s heritage over the last 40 years many of our products sold in the past are successfully being sold today on secondhand markets.

    Internal

    Q1 2020



    Support Sinks - uplifting nature’s carbon cycle


    Goal & Description

    Partner

    Goal Achieved by

    Land Sinks

    Tropical Forest Restoration: begin education and awareness of the importance of restoration of our forests with our factory employees in Thailand. Select this topic as a theme to continue to support and learn about throughout the year.

    Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU Chiang Mai, Thailand)

    Q4 2020



    Improve Society - fostering equality for all


    Goal & Description

    Partner

    Goal Achieved by

    Advocacy, Social Leadership, Diversity and Education

    Advocacy: Boma to become a business member of the American Sustainable Business Council and begin  working on learning about our advocacy opportunities and areas for leadership in our industry with the guidance of the ASBC and its partners.  Work on policy to prevent the amount of lead and cadmium allowed in jewelry in the state of Washington.

    American Sustainable Business Council

    Q4 2020

    Social Leadership: Boma’s leadership to complete Lift Economy’s Next Economy MBA to learn fundamentals for the regenerative future economy. 

    Lift Economy

    Q3 2020

    Educating Girls: educated girls realize higher wages, greater upward mobility contributing to economic growth. Education also shores up resilience and equips girls and women to face the impacts of climate change so that they can be effective stewards of food, soil, trees and water. They have great capacity to cope with shocks from natural disasters and extreme weather events.


    In addition to funding programs for our workers, we will work with 1 local, nonprofit in  Thailand that is supporting projects for less privileged populations of girls to:

    • make school affordable
    • help girls overcome health barriers
    • reduce the time and distance to get to school
    • make schools more girl-friendly

    Boma Girl Fund and TBD

    Q4 2020




    Other Partnerships, Assessments and  Certifications


    Goal & Description

    Partner

    Goal Achieved by

    Partnerships, Assessments and Certifications

    Life-Cycle Assessment: conduct a LCA assessment for our products

    LCA Handbook

    2021

    Cradle to Cradle: Audit for banned list of chemicals by Cradle to Cradle

    Cradle to Cradle Banned Chemicals

    2021

    B-Corp Certification: work towards certification for our US-based company and office.

    B-Corp

    2020

    B-Corp Certification: work towards certification for our Thai-based factory.

    B-Corp Thailand

    2023




    Related Documents


    • Annual Impact Report
    • Transportation & Distribution Policy
    • Hazardous Waste Disposal Policy
    • Environmental / Local Purchasing Policy
    • Corporate Travel Policy


    Structure and Responsibility


    Responsibility for maintaining and updating the Environmental Management System will be with Boma Jewelry’s CEO.



    Environmental Management System Audits


    Boma Jewelry has established and maintains procedures to carry out periodic audits of the environmental management system. The responsibility for conducting these audits will be overseen by Boma Jewelry’s CEO.