NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As announced by the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, Richline
Group—alongside jewelry industry leaders Signet Jewelers and Tiffany &
Co.—is celebrating World Wildlife Day by announcing its commitments to
support broad jewelry industry efforts in the fight against wildlife
“The only way to stop wildlife trafficking is to band together, continue
the jewelry industry’s existing steadfastness to legal compliance and to
stop supply and demand. Everyone in this industry has an essential part
to play,” said Mark Hanna, Chief Marketing Officer at the
Berkshire Hathaway owned Richline Group, Inc. “Richline and our
industry organization partners are committed to raise awareness and
share best practices with our peers to achieve progress on this critical
issue. We hope the announcements today will be a catalyst for a series
of additional commitments from others in our industry.”
Richline Group’s commitments include keeping the elimination of wildlife
trafficking part of best practice discussion, and to assist companies
that want to update their codes of conduct through the newly introduced IvoryFreeJewelry.com.
“Worldwide demand for ivory and other illegal wildlife products is
decimating iconic wildlife populations and supporting international
criminal syndicates that are destabilizing governments and supporting
terrorist groups,” said David J. Hayes, Chair of the U.S. Wildlife
Trafficking Alliance. “The Alliance is honored to partner with
leading companies, conservation organizations, and the U.S. government
to educate U.S. consumers and shut down U.S. demand for illegal wildlife
products. By putting our wallets in line with our values we can work
together to protect these treasured species for the benefit of our
planet, our security, and future generations.”
Wildlife trafficking is a criminal, multi-billion dollar industry
centered on the killing of endangered and threatened species to produce
illegal products made from ivory, snake skins, animal furs, and other
animal parts. The U.S. is one of the largest markets for these products,
which means that demand from American businesses and consumers
influences whether lions, elephants, pangolins, and other at-risk
species will become extinct within our lifetime.
For a complete list of companies and NGOs partnering with the U.S.
Wildlife Trafficking Alliance visit USWTA.org.
For upcoming information on how jewelers can help fight wildlife
trafficking, sign up at IvoryFreeJewelry.com.
About Richline Group, Inc.
Richline Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway
Inc., is the USA’s foremost Fine Jewelry Manufacturer and Marketer. The
Richline Group was formed in 2007. Currently, the major brands
comprising Richline’s portfolio are LeachGarner, Inverness, Rio Grande
and Richline Brands. Berkshire Hathaway, and its subsidiaries, engage in
diverse business activities including property and casualty insurance,
utilities and energy, finance, manufacturing, retailing and services.
The Common Stock of the Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbols BRK.A and BRK.B.
Richline Group, Inc.
Michael Schechter, 212-886-6368