Kaplan Factory Earns Social Accountability Cert

July 8, 2005

Kaplan Factory Earns Social Accountability Cert

Lazare Kaplan International, New York City, said its factory in Caguas, Puerto Rico, is the first diamond factory worldwide to be certified to the highest international workplace standards by Social Accountability International.

SAI's first social accountability system, SA8000, offers retailers, brand companies, suppliers and other organizations with an internationally recognized means to measure and maintain good working conditions throughout the supply chain. SA8000-certified facilities are posted on the Social Accountability International web site. SA8000 is based on International Labor Organization conventions, the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Convention on Rights of the Child.

"Certification of our Puerto Rico factory to the highest standard of international workplace norms demonstrates the company's commitment to putting our values into action," says Leon Tempelsman, vice-chairman of LKI. "It offers further assurance to our customers of LKI's commitment to implementing the very best workplace practices at a time when transparency and best practices play a welcome and increasingly important part in the transformation of the industry. We congratulate our management and work force in Puerto Rico and share their pride in this achievement."

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