At Tiffany & Co., fine craftsmanship means embedding social and environmental integrity throughout the manufacturing process—from sourcing our raw materials to cutting and polishing our diamonds to crafting our jewelry. Today, we craft the majority of our jewelry products in our internal workshops and facilities.
Our founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, set the stage for this beginning in 1848, when Tiffany hired artisans to make our jewelry in-house at a workshop above the Broadway store in New York City. By the late 1800s, Tiffany had also set up silversmith and diamond-cutting and polishing operations. By bringing jewelry manufacturing within the walls of our Company, Tiffany set an important precedent that has allowed us to maintain our high standards throughout the production process.
Today, we manufacture approximately 60% of our jewelry in Tiffany facilities in New York, Kentucky and Rhode Island and polish and assemble jewelry in the Dominican Republic. Directly managing our jewelry from sourcing to production allows us to contribute in a positive way to local economies by creating jobs, training workers and paying a location-specific living wage to employees in manufacturing facilities in developing countries. We are also able to better ensure our jewelry is crafted in a safe and healthy workplace.
Our responsible sourcing program extends this ethos across our supply chain. Through this program, we work with our key suppliers to help them improve how they manage, respect and protect human and labor rights, as well as environmental performance.