OUR RAW MATERIALS
Ethics and responsible sourcing are an important part of our company's commercial practices. Swees therefore carries out Corporate Social Responsibility audits when dealing with suppliers considered relatively exposed in terms of corporate social responsibility.
For its leather bands, Swees uses skins from exotic animals. These are regulated on the international level through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The goal of this Convention is to ensure that the international trade of wild animal and plant species does not threaten the survival of the species to which they belong. To do this, a system of permits has been put in place. For an exotic skin to be exported, imported and re-exported, it must have a permit issued by the appropriate authority of the country of origin. Piaget goes beyond this standard, and no longer uses the skins of skates (shagreen), nor several different species of monitor lizards, pythons, or crocodiles (such as the saltwater crocodile) for its watch bands, and requires that its suppliers and subcontractors respect the CITES treaty.