Offering a fair deal for the workers employed at our mines around the world, our cutting factory in China, and our jewelry workshop in the United States goes beyond complying with laws around the world that mandate no unfair labor such as child labor, minimum wages, and safe and comfortable working conditions.
We feel that it is also our responsibility to ensure equal opportunity for all and real opportunity for personal growth for all workers. We offer fair wages above the minimum wage, bonus and promotion opportunities, and health insurance.
Our cutting factory in China is a model workplace, praised by the government. Workers are paid three times the minimum wage and also receive: room and board; a food allowance; paid vacation; overtime pay; medical, disability and unemployment insurance; and an annual bonus.
In Malawi, we have built a school for the children of workers at the Chimwadzulu Mine, where rare Nyala ruby is found. With an attendance roll of 450, it also provides needed educational services for all the village children. Non-agricultural work is rare in this part of Malawi and infrastructure is almost non-existent. We are helping to develop the surrounding area with services to keep workers healthy and to bring new opportunities for their families.
This isn't just good for the workers: it's good for us because satisfied workers put more effort into improving the quality of the product. Turnover is low so workers become very experienced and skilled. Because we offer training and develop expertise, the quality of our products rivals any in the world.