During a Swarovski reception at the United Nations, Executive Board Member Nadja Swarovski explained how Swarovski's sustainability strategy is aligned with seven of the SDGs, providing a focus that ensures it can have the greatest impact. In particular, she talked about the importance of women's empowerment, water conservation and the power of collaboration, noting that doing business in a responsible way has always been at the heart of Swarovski.
“For Swarovski to commit itself in terms of sustainability has been a natural evolution ever since my great-grandfather started the company 125 years ago. He had a focus on hydroelectricity and an incredible social consideration for his colleagues, and this is what we’re trying to extend today in the 21st century,” she commented.
Additional exposure during the week included Nadja Swarovski’s appearance at the UN Global Compact Leadership Summit CEO Roundtable: 'Closing the Inequality Gap – Human Rights as a Drive for Successful Business' – as well as a private screening of ‘WATERSCHOOL’ at Soho House New York. The documentary follows the stories of six girls and their journeys towards becoming water ambassadors through their experiences at Swarovski Waterschool.
In the same week, Swarovski celebrated conscious luxury as a partner of the 8th annual Fashion 4 Development First Ladies Luncheon, where international First Ladies plus fashion and governmental leaders from over 100 nations gathered to recognize the importance of cultural exchange, diversity and the preservation of the environment.
Swarovski also partnered with the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange to move an exhibition of sustainably-made womenswear collections from its London debut to NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Bespoke garments within the collection feature upcycled crystal and were created by designers in collaboration with artisans from across the Commonwealth, symbolizing how fashion provides a common language that connects us all.