our

positive

our

positive

impact

Our mission is to create a confident, creative and collaborative world for our community.

We are always striving to add new layers to our brand, to make Missoma the most socially and environmentally responsible, diverse and inclusive space we can be.

Here's how we're driving positive change – for us, for you, for the planet.

master craftmanship

All of our pieces are handmade in India and Thailand, with each factory carefully handpicked for their highly-skilled artisanship by our founder and creative director, Marisa Hordern.

Designed in-house, Marisa and her team work closely with these partners to continually refine and develop creative and sustainability processes. Each artisan is a master in their own intricate craft – from wax modelling and casting, to gemstone cutting and plating – using expertise passed down over generations.

Ours is a 12-year working relationship (and counting!) – now that’s what we call a long-term thing.

 

responsible production

We’ve always taken an extremely conscious approach to the people and suppliers we choose to work with. Discover more about our committed relationships with our factories, and read up on our packaging commitments below.

our factories

All of our factories are audited every one to three years by independent international auditing bodies, including SMETA and Intertek, across the following areas of social responsibility:

● Wages and working hours
● Health and safety
● Management systems
● Employee rights

Our factories also work with the Responsible Jewellery Council, an accreditation who perform further environmental responsibility audits and regular checks – just for extra peace of mind.

We’re proud to be working hard to support our factories through the RJC’s extremely rigorous application process so that 100% of them will be RJC-certified by January 2021. Currently 50% of our factories are already certified while the others are not far behind, and being supported by our dedicated team at Missoma HQ.

our sourcing

When it comes to our silver and gold, we are always exploring new and responsible ways to source these precious metals - which includes sourcing it from a Responsible Jewellery Council certified supplier called MMTC-PAMP.

India’s only LBMA-accredited gold refinery (which is a global authority for precious metals), MMTC is an industry leader in responsible precious metal sourcing. Our primary source of silver, - totalling 80% across our entire supply chain - we opted to source from them as sustainability is built at the very heart of what they do.

From environmental compliance to conflict-free minerals and grassroots people-centric initiatives, they follow stringent protocols to ensure that their partners in the supply chain act responsibly across the full production cycle.

When sourcing, they follow best practices in good governance and the highest standards set by global bodies to weed out potential human rights violations, conflict sourcing, and corruption; responsible sourcing is “non-negotiable” for them.

Their environmental responsibility has seen them be awarded the ISO14001 accreditation for efficient environmental management, while they uphold Global Green Standards and have a 100% recycling policy for water in their processes.

Having received several awards for their work, their local communities are also the cornerstone of their business, with an aim to achieve “improved welfare and greater equality.” Initiatives that they’ve set up include education and skilling projects, water safety and infrastructure which you can read more on here.

Want to know more? Head to their website for the full details of how they source responsibly, their approach to community investment and to download their 2020 Sustainability Report.

our packaging

We have been working hard to introduce plastic-free and recyclable jewellery boxes to safely deliver your pieces in, while also reducing our carbon footprint. We are launching this recyclable packaging in Autumn/Winter 2020, as part of our aim is to be 100% plastic-free by 2021. Look forward to updates along the way as we make this important transition.

environmental roots

As our Black Friday shopping event continues to grow, we’re taking the opportunity in this sale period to make an impact – actively offsetting our carbon footprint.

Together with charity TreeSisters – who empower local women to ‘seed change’ for the good of the environment – with every Black Friday order you place, we plant trees in eight diverse ecosystems along the tropical belt to aid reforestation and climate repair.

When fully grown, 50,000 trees will produce 300 million pounds of oxygen into the atmosphere, which is enough to give 500,000 people a year’s worth of oxygen from just one season of trees.

By 2021, we'll be on our way planting almost a quarter of a million trees with your help – that’s the type of math we can get behind.

community impact

Supporting communities is really important to us, whether it’s those that we work in locally or where we see an opportunity to help.

Here’s how we’ve gotten involved so far as a business:

one order, two meals

The Covid-19 crisis has had an undeniably unprecedented effect across the globe, especially for those who already have limited resources.

For every order placed on our site between April and June this year, we donated two meals to children who need them the most in the UK and India – together, we provided over 65,000 meals between these two charities with your support:

magic breakfast (uk)

As many as 1.8 million children are at risk of hunger in the UK, and Magic Breakfast is a charity that provides healthy breakfasts to those who might go without, giving them the fuel they need to focus at school.

Running their programme during the Covid-19 crisis has been no mean feat, as they’ve been faced with closed doors and insufficient funding. Read more about what they do.

akshaya patra (india)

Akshaya Patra is a charity with 52 kitchens across the country and the result of a successful partnership between the government of India and various states.

While India tackles the Covid-19 crisis they’ve been working harder than ever to provide meals or packed grocery kits to those without means, including young and vulnerable children. Discover more about their efforts.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2020, we partnered with the incredible UK charity CoppaFeel! – the first aiming to actively pre-empt breast cancer – on a limited edition tee.

The tee, illustrated by Vicki Murdoch of Silken Favours and produced by Earth Positive, showed a pair of bejewelled hands (stacked in our fave Missoma rings of course) in a "cupping hands" design with the message: Check Your Boobs.

For the campaign, we brought in our breast friends – TV & radio presenter Vick Hope, plus body positivity model and founder of Squish Charli Howard – to help us spread the word. We’re in awe of the important work CoppaFeel! does daily, and we really hope this partnership goes some way in raising awareness and helping people of all ages be empowered to find and treat breast cancer early.

nhs round of applause necklace

We, like everyone worldwide, have been endlessly thankful for our tireless key workers during the Covid-19 outbreak.

As a way to express our gratitude, we designed a gold pendant with a clapping hands symbol – inspired by the UK’s weekly Thursday ‘Clap for Carers' – and then reached out to our community to nominate 100 NHS staff members to receive a necklace.

We were blown away by their responses – tales of long night shifts, hardships and challenges, but most importantly, love. 100% of the profits of the necklace’s sales go right back into our amazing NHS. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

nhs round of applause necklace

We, like everyone worldwide, have been endlessly thankful for our tireless key workers during the Covid-19 outbreak.

As a way to express our gratitude, we designed a gold pendant with a clapping hands symbol – inspired by the UK’s weekly Thursday ‘Clap for Carers' – and then reached out to our community to nominate 100 NHS staff members to receive a necklace.

We were blown away by their responses – tales of long night shifts, hardships and challenges, but most importantly, love. 100% of the profits of the necklace’s sales go right back into our amazing NHS. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

preserving local skills in mompox

In 2019, Missoma went on a journey to Colombia, and in partnership with the Colombian Embassy and Marca Pais (the country brand), we delivered a large campaign celebrating this colourful country via a short documentary-style video and campaign shoot in Mompox, a small town rich in heritage and known for its gold filigree jewellery.

We drove local employment through commissioning a female-owned workshop to produce a limited edition earring made in the traditional art of filigree.

In addition to this, Missoma funded new tools and supplies to the local jewellery school to help ensure that the ancient art of filigree would continue to be kept alive in their town.

We are proud to support our charitable partners and to do what we can for the planet in terms of ethical and responsible production. By choosing to shop at Missoma you’ll be directly contributing to our efforts to make a positive impact, so thank you for joining us on the journey; together we can start a chain reaction.

- Marisa Hordern, Founder & Creative Director


more to love


AW'20 style guide

let them create

missoma metals