Ethical Making Programme

The Ethical Making Programme was established by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in January 2017 to promote and educate on ethical making practices in the jewellery and silversmithing sector in Scotland. The Programme consists of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths’ Ethical Making Resource and Ethical Making Pledge. Through these projects, the Programme empowers makers and students to develop their own ethical making approach and inspire others to do the same.

The Ethical Making Resource is a website for jewellers and silversmiths who are looking for practical information about what ethical making means, why it is important and how to adopt an ethical approach. The Resource is also for buyers and collectors looking for information on what ethical jewellery and silver means, questions to ask retailers and where to buy ethically made jewellery and silver.

The Ethical Making Pledge is collaborative project between the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and the art colleges in Scotland that have jewellery and silversmithing courses at HND level and above. The Pledge is an agreement signed by the art colleges, to implement ethical making practices into the curriculum and workshop methods in their jewellery departments. This includes introducing ethical sourcing as a primary concern in the procurement of precious metals.

Since the launch of the Ethical Making Resource and Pledge, there has been an increasing awareness of ethical issues among students and makers in Scotland and consequently there will be more jewellers and silversmiths in the trade with an ethical practice as their foundation. The Incorporation of Goldsmiths aims for Scotland to be a leader in designing and making beautifully crafted and ethically made jewellery and silver.