Michael Hill launches its first not-for-profit foundation

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Collective Good Foundation

Australia’s leading fine jewellery retailer, Michael Hill has today announced the launch of The Michael Hill Foundation as a part of its commitment to its 2030 sustainability goals. 

The Michael Hill Foundation has two key philanthropic focus areas: Empowering Women, aimed to support disadvantaged women in the markets in which the company operates, and Nature Restoration which ensures a positive contribution towards the restoration and conservation of the natural environment.

Michael Hill Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Bracken explained that the targets set to support its various charity partners – currently including Dress for Success (AU), The Period Purse (CA), Women’s Refuge (NZ), the Collective Good Foundation (India), and One Tree Planted – indicate the company’s firm commitment to effecting change.

“We are extremely proud that we have established The Michael Hill Foundation and our ongoing commitment to contribute to empower more than 100,000 women by 2030,” he said.

“We recognise the impact our industry plays on the environment, and we are choosing to focus on sourcing our products to reduce as much impact as possible. Our commitment to planting up to one million trees throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada, our key operational markets, by 2030 is another way we can make a difference for our planet.”

“We have the ambition to be one of the most sustainable jewellery brands in the world and we are proud to be progressing our goal.” 

“Last year, we reduced scope 1 emissions by 39%, we reduced our office waste by 65% and launched our “Re:Cycle” initiative in Australia – a digitally enabled gold recycling program that encourages customers to recycle gold jewellery pieces in exchange for a Michael Hill e-Gift Card.”

Kerrie Hockless, Michael Hill Group Strategy Manager and Head of Sustainability added“The launch of The Michael Hill Foundation is the next step in our commitment

to a more sustainable future for our planet and a strong focus on empowering women – a cause incredibly close to our brand.”

Michael Hill is set to achieve these targets by donating a portion of sales of selected jewellery to its charity partners. $20 from each of its Cultured Freshwater Pearl Studs, and $50 from its Diamond Serendipity Necklace sold will be donated to Dress for Success in Australia and Women’s Refuge in New Zealand, as well as new partnerships with The Period Purse in Canada and Collective Good Foundation in Danta, a key region for diamond production in India. 

Any jewellery piece purchased from the LAB. Collection of certified sustainable and climate-neutral laboratory-grown diamonds will ensure the Michael Hill Foundation plants up to 10 trees per product with the help of One Tree Planted. 

To discover more about The Michael Hill Foundation and the charities supported, visit michaelhill.com.au/sustainability/michael-hill-foundation or follow Michael Hill on Instagram @michaelhillj #thejewellerthatcares

Jewellery available to support The Michael Hill Foundation includes:

Cultured Freshwater Pearl Studs

Discover the simple elegance of our 6mm Button Cultured Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings, set in sterling silver. These classic studs are secured comfortably with push butterfly backings. 

RRP: AUD$29.00. 

Diamond Serendipity Necklace

This Diamond Necklace in Sterling Silver is part of our Serendipity by Michael Hill Collection. At its centre lies a single 0.08 total diamond weight, bezel-set round brilliant diamond, with an HI colour and I2/I3 clarity. The diamond is fixed to a 40cm cable chain, with a 5cm extender for adjustable length. A spring ring closure ensures a secure and comfortable fit. Wear alone for elevated minimalist style, or add it to your individual layered look.
RRP: AUD$299.00. 

LAB. Collection

Brilliance, grown differently. Laboratory-grown diamonds share essentially the same chemical, physical and optical properties as natural diamonds: the difference lies in their origin. And at Michael Hill, they’re certified sustainable.
RRP: Ranges from AUD$499.00 – AUD$23,749.00.

Details on charities supported by The Michael Hill Foundation:

Dress for Success:

Dress for Success is a global non-for-profit organisation that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

The Period Purse:
The Period Purse is a registered charity in Canada striving to create menstrual equity by ensuring sustainable access to period products for all and by ending the stigma associated with periods through education and advocacy. Their three pillars of focus include outreach, education, and advocacy. Since their inception, they have donated more than 5 million period products and educated over 6,000 people.

Women’s Refuge:

Women’s Refuge is New Zealand’s largest nation-wide organisation that supports and helps women and children experiencing family violence. They provide critical services including a 24-hour crisis line, information and safe housing, as well as education programmes and advocacy aimed at positively changing policies and attitudes. Their vision is for all women and children in Aotearoa to live free from domestic and family violence.

Collective Good Foundation

Collective Good Foundation works closely with companies, non-profits and foundations to implement projects and develop sustainable solutions to meet the challenges of a developing India. Key issues they work to address include healthcare, education, water, sanitation, hygiene, and women’s empowerment.

One Tree Planted:

One Tree Planted is a non-profit organisation focused on global reforestation. Their aim is to help restore forests, create habitats for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world. Together with their planting partners, One Tree Planted turns donations into saplings that are planted, monitored, and cared for in areas where they’re needed most.

About Michael Hill:

Since 1979, Michael Hill has been dedicated to creating beautiful jewellery to mark each special moment in your story. And it all began with a true love story of its own: Michael Hill, the company, is the result of a labour of love and lifetime partnership between Sir Michael and Lady Christine Hill. Since its beginnings in a small town in New Zealand, to an international brand with stores throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, Michael Hill remains committed to offering fine jewellery with a focus on quality, craftsmanship, and responsibility. 

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