Around 90% of the Palas Jewellery Collection is manufactured on the islands of Bali and Java, Indonesia and has been made by the same manufacturing company for the past 18 years. We have a close working relationship with the owners, office staff and craftsmen and craftswomen. The welfare of the employees is of utmost importance and many of the employees have been working within the company for 5 to 20 years. Our manufacturer believes in paying fair wages, above Indonesia’s minimum wage. Any overtime is paid at x 1.5. Employees receive holidays, sick leave, maternity leave and yearly bonuses of one extra month of pay.
As Indonesia recognises many religions and has multiple holidays throughout the year, they make a point of hiring people of all religions so that when one religion has a holiday, staff of other religions are able to cover the key positions. They believe in hiring both men and women and have continual training programs so their staff learn all aspects of office management and production. The office and workshops have a modern, open, clean and friendly atmosphere, but is closed to the public to maintain integrity of their customer's designs.
Our craftspeople have opportunities to earn extra income at home by learning specialty skills of beading, weaving, stringing and macramé. It is important to our factory to promote the hand made aspect of our jewellery. They use machines to make some elements of the production process more streamlined, but there is no replacing the quality of hand-worked and hand-polished jewellery. Palas loves mixing metals on our pieces and there is not a machine made that can do this with the precision of our talented Indonesian artisans.
We also work with selected suppliers in other countries, one of our chain suppliers is based in Italy and they pride themselves on positive and fair working conditions for their employees. For more information please read their Ethical Standards Declaration (view).