CIBJO Seminar:
sustainability and responsible sourcing

Sustainability in the Jewellery industry

Monday, 9 September, 2019
11.00 AM
Tiziano.b Room, Hall 7.1


CIBJO Seminar

Technological solutions for sustainability and responsible sourcing in the jewellery industry

At Vicenzaoro September 2019, the topic of the seminar organized by CIBJO, The World Jewellery Confederation, will be sustainability and responsible sourcing in the Jewellery industry. Nowaday companies are under growing pressure to actively demonstrate that they are conducting their businesses in a sustainable manner, and the items that they purchase, process and sell, as well as the components of which the Jewellery is comprised, have been sourced responsibly.

A growing percentage of the industry have moved to implement sustainable and responsible sourcing principles in their businesses. Some have appointed professionals and established specialized units in their companies, and have already become certified or are becoming certified by compliance organizations. But in an industry that is dominated by small and medium-sized companies, like the Jewellery industry, many participants find it difficult to follow virtuous examples.

To help them in this effort there are a growing number of developing solutions based on technologies, some of which are relatively straightforward and other quite sophisticated and ground-breaking.

An exhaustive overview of these new solutions will be presented at Vicenzaoro

Opening Remarks

Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO
Marco Carniello, Jewellery & Fashion Division Director of Italian Exhibition Group


Erik Jens, Vice President of CIBJO Responsible Sourcing Commission, Netherlands

Panel Members

Dr. Assheton Stuart Carter, Director of the Dragonfly Initiative, United Kingdom
Due Diligence being delivered free of charge via an online platform, as a part of a joint initiative by CIBJO and the Coloured Gemstone World Group, facilitated by the Dragonfly Initiative

Dr. Daniel Nyfeler, Managing Director of the Gübelin Gem Lab, Switzerland
The Gübelin Gemstone Paternity Programme, and the use of nano-particles to create verifiable chains of custody in the gemstone sector.

Feriel Zerouki, Senior Vice president of International Relations and Ethical Initiatives at the De Beers Group, United Kingdom
The GemFair Initiative, a programme employing tablet computer and GPS technology, enabling artisanal diamond miners in Sierra Leone to access the legitimate diamond pipeline.

Mark Hanna, Chief Marketing Officer of the Richline Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, USA
The TrustChain® Initiative, which tracks and authenticates diamonds and precious metals through every stage of the supply chain as it becomes a piece of finished jewelry, providing digital verification, physical product and process verification, and third-party oversight.

Francesca Marino, Senior CSR Advisor at CIBJO, Italy
CIBJO’s perspective of sustainability and responsible sourcing in the jewellery industry

Seminar coordinator

Steven Benson, CIBJO Communications Director

Il dibattito si terrà in lingua inglese con servizio di traduzione simultanea.

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