Richline Partners With Jewelry Industry Leaders to Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

NEW YORK--()--Richline Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, is joining forces with jewelry industry leading organizations—including Ethical Metalsmiths, MJSA, JVC, Fair Trade Jewellery Co., Rio Grande, FJATA, Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Networks and Jewelers of America— to fight wildlife trafficking as part of its ongoing Richline Responsible initiative.

In addition to the company’s steadfast stance against the use of illegally acquired wildlife and wildlife products, Richline is now leading an initiative featuring a new campaign that seeks to diminish both supply and demand for these products throughout the industry. The campaign, which will appear in industry publications such as JCK, Instore and MJSA magazines, seeks to raise awareness of the wildlife trafficking crisis in support of the President’s new newly formed U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance.

As stated in the new campaign, the goal is to spread the industry-wide mission that, “it is the jewelry industry’s responsibility to comply with US and international laws with the goal of conserving wildlife and their habitat. Through our associations, members have implemented best practices that seek to eliminate the supply, and the demand for illegal wildlife products in our industry. We will continue to do so by working to keep illegal wildlife products out of our supply chains, and by educating our customers about the devastating impacts caused by the purchase of illegally trafficked wildlife products. We also encourage our member companies to make additional, voluntary commitments to protect, and to draw attention to threatened species that are being poached for commercial sale.”

When asked about the new campaign, Richline’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mark Hanna said, “we immediately connected with the goals, and the mission, of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance. There is much that we will need to do as an industry to combat this crisis, but the first needs is clear: we must raise awareness throughout the jewelry industry in order to diminish demand. We felt it was our responsibility to help spread the word, and we are thrilled to see that so many key industry organizations are willing to get involved.”

To learn more, visit the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance website.

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.

Contacts

Richline Group, Inc.
Mark Hanna, (212) 886-6212
Mark.Hanna@RichlineGroup.com

Release Summary

Richline Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, is joining forces with jewelry industry organizations to fight wildlife trafficking as part of its Richline Responsible initiative.

Contacts

Richline Group, Inc.
Mark Hanna, (212) 886-6212
Mark.Hanna@RichlineGroup.com