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Sustainable development

Développement durable

Watches by Ulysse Nardin meet the strict criteria of Swiss fine watchmaking and their manufacturing conditions are in line with the principles of sustainable development. Ulysse Nardin’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility is one of the key elements in the brand’s development strategy.

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Objectifs de développement durable

Sustainable development goals

Ulysse Nardin’s environmental commitment follows the guidelines of the United Nations and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – set to be achieved by 2030. The watchmaker Ulysse Nardin, which has a natural interest in the marine world, has chosen to focus its efforts on SDG 14, which determines the priority actions to be carried out to ensure sustainable management of the ocean.

In concrete terms, by finding a new outlet for fishing nets and other plastic waste, and by supporting whistleblowing scientists, explorers, sailors and sportsmen and women, Ulysse Nardin is acting for two of the priorities of SDG 14: reducing marine pollution and increasing oceanographic knowledge. As the world enters the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), this period focusing on the ocean is a window of opportunity for initiative and commitment.

Racing with purpose

The Ocean Race’s award-winning Racing with Purpose sustainability programme harnesses the determination and ambition of the round-the-world race to educate, inspire and accelerate action for our blue planet.

Using its global platform, and the unifying power of sport, The Ocean Race is engaging diverse audiences to drive the change needed for a healthy ocean. The Champions for the Sea Learning programme is giving hundreds of thousands of children an understanding of the issues affecting our marine world and how they can help, while high-level summits are driving new and improved policies to tackle some of the most urgent issues facing the seas.

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Through its pioneering onboard Science programme, teams in The Ocean Race gather vital data about the state of the seas, measuring levels of microplastics and the impact of climate change. This data is used by world-leading ocean research organisations to help map these issues and feeds into the Global Carbon Budget.

The Ocean Race is striving to be a leader in sports, events and sustainability and finding new ways to produce the Race with maximum positive impact.

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Pollution plastique océanique

A solution to ocean plastic pollution

Nine million tonnes of plastic are discharged into the ocean every year and fishing nets are one of the main sources of this pollution. These floating objects have a limited lifespan and are too often lost or dumped at sea.

Three young Breton designers had the idea of creating the first recycling sector for fishing nets in France: FIL&FAB. Fishermen are encouraged to deposit their worn out nets in harbor dumpsters. These nets are then disassembled and only the polyamide threads, a very resistant plastic are kept. After crushing and granulation, the pellets obtained become a raw material. This recycling of an existing plastic resource is an effective argument for stopping the production of new plastic. The fight against marine pollution is a priority of SDG 14, the Sustainable Development Goal dedicated to the sea — one of the 17 SDGs set by the United Nations for 2030. By seeking an outlet for fishing nets, Ulysse Nardin is therefore acting in a concrete way to reduce marine plastic pollution.

A first collection Upcycled from fishing nets

Ulysse Nardin is accelerating its use of innovative alternative materials and announcing the launch of the first Diver collection upcycled from fishing nets. The two partners, Ulysse Nardin and The Ocean Race are seeing their shared commitment realized with THE OCEAN RACE DIVER, which will be the official timekeeper for the open-sea sailing race scheduled to start from Alicante, Spain, on January 15, 2023. With this new environmentally friendly watchmaking creation, they are making a pledge to protect the Ocean and start the countdown for positive results by 2030.

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Premier bracelet de montre en filet de pêche recyclé: R-Strap

First recycled finshing net watch strap: the R-Strap

Ulysse Nardin has selected an innovative polyamide yarn fully recycled from fishing nets to weave its new wrist strap, compatible with Diver 44 mm, Diver 42 mm, Diver Chronograph, Marine Torpilleur and Freak X watches. This strap, of which Ben Lecomte is the proud ambassador, is the watchmaker’s first 100% waterproof fabric. Sturdy, it is interwoven on the edges to prevent fraying and withstand abrasion (Martindale test). The dying technique used before extrusion by the supplier JTTi for its YTT+ yarn reels (100% recycled from fishing nets) gives a uniform black color and has the non-negligible environmental advantage of not using water during production.

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The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

Ulysse Nardin has been a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) since July 2019. The RJC is an international not-for-profit organisation bringing together members committed to promoting ethical, social and environmental practices carried out in a transparent and responsible manner in the watchmaking and jewellery industry, from the mines to the points of sale.

Ulysse Nardin’s future application for certification is aimed at validating its social and environmental responsibility activities and underscoring its commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards, both internally and with business partners.

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The Kimberley Process

Ulysse Nardin applies control systems arising from the Kimberley Process, which fights against 'conflict diamonds'. All the diamonds purchased by the Brand comply with the World Diamond Council System of Warranties bound up with the Kimberley Process.

The Kimberley Process places strict requirements on its member countries through official certificates, so as to check the provenance, exports and imports of rough diamonds. Once cut, diamonds are accompanied by a declaration defined by the World Diamond Council System of Warranties, which must feature on all cut diamond invoices: "The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations resolutions. The seller hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds."

Responsible gold

The Kering Responsible Gold Framework (KRGF) was developed by Kering and its brands to establish an innovative and intelligent way of sourcing gold responsibly. Its principles are aimed at achieving a sustainable, environmentally friendly supply of gold, promoting favourable working conditions for miners and supporting mining activities through a dedicated fund.

In accordance with these standards, Ulysse Nardin actively supports the ethical gold industry. Since 2017, Ulysse Nardin has procured all its gold responsibly via the KRGF, which offers a mixture of recycled Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certified gold and/or gold from certified/verified artisanal sources (Fairmined, Fairtrade or Kering certified mines).

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Compte de Résultat Environnemental

Environmental Profit & Loss Account

The Environmental Profit & Loss Account (EP&L) is an innovative tool that measures the environmental impacts of a company, both internally and throughout its entire supply chain, and then presents these impacts in monetary values. This approach allows for a true understanding of the global cost of its actions and places sustainable development at the heat of the company’s decisions in order to permanently reduce their impact on the environment.

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Sustainable development goals
Racing with purpose
Social responsibility
A solution to ocean plastic pollution
R-Strap
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)
The Kimberley Process
Responsible gold
Environmental Profit & Loss Account
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