Actions and the agents of change, BN team members at the recent Jewelry Industry Summit.
At last weekend’s Jewelry Industry Summit
, stakeholders from across our industry came together to create a shared vision of responsible sourcing across our industry. The summit coalesced knowledge from our industry and others, as well as NGO and government organizations so that we can learn from an build on others’ experience.
Participants discuss and identify key issues. Photo courtesy of the Jewelry Industry Summit.
One of the summit’s greatest accomplishment was to support traceability, transparency and sourcing initiatives in order to produce materials in a manner that both protects and sustains the environment; and benefits the individuals and communities where our jewelry is mined, manufactured, traded, and sold.
Groups separated their thoughts into strengths, opportunities, and actions.
Several groups at the Summit committed to advancing specific issues within the supply chain, including helping gem cutters in developing countries who need education and equipment to avoid silicosis, a disease that occurs from inhaling stone dust. Another specific initiative created an artisanal colored gem mining site project in Brazil that adheres to responsible social, ethical, and environmental practices.
Anna Bario, key summit presenter and organizer, spoke of the urgent need for progress.
Overall, the summit was a spark”“ a much-needed first step toward greater transparency in our industry and greater benefit to the entire supply chain. Anna reminded the attendees of the importance of a long-term investment in sustainable advances in her talk:
“Time is the biggest investment. Not just to do it, but to tell the story.”