Connect with us

Press Releases

Technological Solutions for Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing Spotlighted at CIBJO-IEG Seminar

Seminar marked the 10th year of cooperation between CIBJO and IEG.

mm

Published

on

(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN, ITALY — With members of the jewelry and gemstone sectors under growing pressure to actively demonstrate that they are conducting their businesses in a sustainable manner, including verifying that the items they purchase, process and sell have been sourced responsibly, a range of technological solutions are currently being developed to help them comply with the due diligence requirements. These came under the spotlight during a seminar on September 9, 2019, at the VICENZAORO show in Vicenza, Italy, organized by CIBJO and hosted by the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG).

The seminar was the latest edition in a series of educational programs organized by the two bodies, which is endorsed by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), to support corporate social responsibility and sustainability in the jewelry sector. As Marco Carniello, director of IEG’s jewelry and fashion division pointed out, the seminar this September marked the 10th year of cooperation between CIBJO and Italy’s leading jewelry trade show organizer.

A growing percentage of the jewelry, gemstone and precious metals industries have taken steps in recent years to implement sustainable and responsible sourcing principles in their businesses, with more than 1,300 worldwide already certified by compliance organizations, after undergoing monitoring by independent auditors. But in an industry that is dominated by small and medium-sized companies, many participants find it challenging to follow suit and consequently could experience difficulty in gaining access to chains of supply. The technologies discussed at the seminar are largely being developed to address these challenges.

“CIBJO is committed to the development of an ethical and sustainable jewelry industry, which sources its raw materials in both a responsible and transparent manner,” said CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri, opening the seminar. “As we reiterated in the new Responsible Sourcing Blue Book which was approved earlier this year, we believe that all participants should do due diligence to the best of their ability. At the same time, we also insist that no ethical members of our community be discriminated against because they currently lack the resources necessary to implement a full compliance system. It is for this reason that we view the development of technological solutions as being so important.”

The panel of speakers, which was moderated by Erik Jens, vice president of CIBJO’s Responsible Sourcing Commission, represented a cross section of this growing industry service sector, providing solutions to industry participants at all stages of the chain of distribution, from the mine to the retailer.

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

A Packed Store Like the Day Before Christmas? Wilkerson Makes It Happen

Deb Schulman says once she and her husband, Ron, decided to retire, she could feel “the stress start to leave.” The owners of B. Alsohns Jewelers in Palm Desert, California, the Schulmans had heard about Wilkerson over the years and contacted them when the time was right. Wilkerson provided the personalized service, experience and manpower it took to organize their GOB sale. “We are so impressed with the way Wilkerson performed for us,” says Ron Schulman, “I’d send high accolades to anyone who was interested.”

Promoted Headlines

Press Releases

IEG/Vicenzaoro January 2020 Focuses on Responsible Supply, Sustainability and SMEs

The panel saw interventions from some of the most important voices in the sector.

mm

Published

on

(PRESS RELEASE) — With the support of the main Italian associations, including Federpreziosi and Club degli Orafi, the workshop organized by CIBJO dealt with the topics of responsible sourcing and sustainability, with an eye on small and medium-sized enterprises which make up the largest part of the jewelry sector on a global scale and play a leading role in Italy’s economic fabric.

How are the new standards in terms of due diligence to be faced? What is the key to a prosperous business without forgetting the United Nations’ sustainable development objectives? These were just two of the questions put to the panel, which featured some of the most authoritative voices in the gold-jewelry world, including Steven Tranquilli, director of Federpreziosi, who gave the opening greetings, Gabriele Aprea,president of Club degli Orafi, Marco Carniello, manager of IEG and Gaetano Cavalieri, president of CIBJO.

Louis Vuitton to Sell Jewelry Made From World’s Second-Largest Diamond
Headlines

Louis Vuitton to Sell Jewelry Made From World’s Second-Largest Diamond

Karma Hits Hard as Bungling Thieves Lock Themselves in Jewelry Store During Robbery (Video)
Headlines

Karma Hits Hard as Bungling Thieves Lock Themselves in Jewelry Store During Robbery (Video)

A Packed Store Like the Day Before Christmas? Wilkerson Makes It Happen
Sponsored Content

A Packed Store Like the Day Before Christmas? Wilkerson Makes It Happen

Philip Olden, president of CIBJO’s Responsible Sourcing Commission and panel moderator, outlined the implementation stages in CIBJO’s Responsible Sourcing Policy, the responsible supply policy launched by the Confederation in 2018. Olden’s intervention was followed by another from Iris Van der Veken from the Responsible Jewelry Council, who underlined the importance of a responsible production chain, suggesting strategies able to create virtuous synergies between environmental and manufacturing sustainability.

Moya McKeown from Carbon Expert presented the Jewelry Industry Measurement Initiative, a project that aims to make sector companies responsible in terms of their own environmental impact by promoting a reduction in emissions that can optimize production rhythms. Next came Enzo Liverino, President of CIBJO’s Coral Commission, who for years has been battling to protect coral and its precious ecosystem.

To complete the panel, Pomellato spoke about best practices. For years the company has only accepted pure gold supplies that meet strict in-house sustainability standards based on the selection of eligible sources according to RJS-CoC certification. Moreover, Pomellato is enacting a project to improve controls on the origin of silver and on the diamond and colored stone supply chains. Its Nuvola collection is the product of these intentions, a line of responsible supply solitaires which exclusively uses gold from the world’s 10 Fairmined certified mines – in other words, those that meet the highest international standards in terms of social development practices and environmental protection – and which guarantees total traceability right back to the original mine. The same goes for diamonds, certified by the Gemological Institute of America.

Thanks to its virtuous partnership with CIBJO, once again this year, Vicenzaoro confirms its role as an arena for debating, reflecting and making decisions on key topics for the gold and jewelry industry, by integrating ethics with entrepreneurship and state-of-the-art.

The subjects presented during the seminar will be available as of Wednesday 22nd January on www.cibjo.org

For further information, consult the following website: https://www.vicenzaoro.com/en/january

Continue Reading

Press Releases

Third Annual OPTImum Retail Award Open for Submissions

Deadline is Feb. 7.

mm

Published

on

(PRESS RELEASE) ALEXANDRIA, VA – Vision Expo East 2020 announces the third annual OPTImum Retail Award is accepting submissions from independent boutique retailers. The OPTImum Retail Award aims to celebrate independent boutique retailers by allowing them to showcase their products, stores, visions and stories to the optical industry.

Businesses in the independent retail market are encouraged to submit their stories for consideration by Feb. 7. Applicants are asked to share their in-store innovations, individuality, culture, brand loyalty and technology usage. Last year’s winner, Edward Beiner (South Miami, Fla.), received the award based on its dedication to providing customers a meaningful experience through innovative initiatives including the Eyes Forward vision, designed to promote wisdom, passion and foresight by educating customers and instilling a sense of pride into purchases. The award also coincided with the release of an exclusive collection of 3D-printed eyewear designed by Edward Beiner.

Podcast: The 12 Days of Christmas … Like You’ve Never Heard It Before
Over the Counter

Podcast: The 12 Days of Christmas … Like You’ve Never Heard It Before

Podcast: Aleah Arundale Tells Why She Created Jewelers Helping Jewelers
JimmyCast

Podcast: Aleah Arundale Tells Why She Created Jewelers Helping Jewelers

Podcast: Jenny O Calleri Takes on Her Biggest Challenge Yet — Store Ownership
The Barb Wire

Podcast: Jenny O Calleri Takes on Her Biggest Challenge Yet — Store Ownership

“It was an honor to receive the 2019 OPTImum Retail Award at last year’s Vision Expo East,” said Edward Beiner, founder of a collection of optical boutiques in Florida and 2019 OPTImum Retail Award recipient. “I am constantly inspired by the incredible community of independent boutique retailers in the vision community. I look forward to seeing the original and creative ideas put forward this year and wish all the entrants the best of luck in the 2020 OPTImum Retail Award competition.”

To determine the top three finalists, a committee of the industry’s top leaders will deliberate and vote on which retailers they feel are most deserving of the award. This year’s committee members include Dr. Arian Fartash, optometrist and influencer of @glamoptometrist; Christian Roth, eyewear designer and the first Council of Fashion Designers of America member in the eyewear category since 1990; and James Spina, 20/20 Magazine editor-in-chief and senior vice president.

Three finalists will be announced on Feb. 21. To determine the final winner, Vision Expo social media channels will be opened for voting from Feb. 21–March 6 to be factored into the judges’ scores. The 2020 OPTImum Retail Award winner will be announced at Vision Expo East during the Independence @ The Creative Edge panel on March 28.

All independent boutique retailers are encouraged to submit their application by Feb. 7. To submit your application or to find out more information, visit VisionExpoEast.com.

Vision Expo East kicks off in The River, one of three new neighborhoods being introduced at Vision Expo East 2020, on March 26, one day earlier than the general Exhibit Hall. Education at Vision Expo will take place March 26–29, while the general Exhibit Hall is open March 27–29.

For more Vision Expo East updates, follow along on all of Vision Expo’s social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Continue Reading

Press Releases

Jewelers Mutual Hires Additional Surveillance for Commercial Lines Policyholders

This is due to suspicious activity in the Midwest.

mm

Published

on

(PRESS RELEASE) NEENAH, WI — As a result of suspicious activity detected earlier this month within a state in the Midwest, Jewelers Mutual arranged additional surveillance for commercial lines policyholders in the immediate area.

This is the second time in in the past four months Jewelers Mutual has provided additional surveillance to policyholders in ongoing efforts to keep members safe and secure. In October 2019, extra security surveillance was provided to policyholders in the state of California during widespread power outages.

Louis Vuitton to Sell Jewelry Made From World’s Second-Largest Diamond
Headlines

Louis Vuitton to Sell Jewelry Made From World’s Second-Largest Diamond

Karma Hits Hard as Bungling Thieves Lock Themselves in Jewelry Store During Robbery (Video)
Headlines

Karma Hits Hard as Bungling Thieves Lock Themselves in Jewelry Store During Robbery (Video)

A Packed Store Like the Day Before Christmas? Wilkerson Makes It Happen
Sponsored Content

A Packed Store Like the Day Before Christmas? Wilkerson Makes It Happen

As an ongoing best practice to help protect your business, Jewelers Mutual strongly encourages all jewelers to secure merchandise within a safe or vault. Jewelers should also review our do’s and don’ts during a jewelry store robbery. Below are a few of the don’ts:

  • Don’t call police, press a hold-up alarm, or panic button
  • Don’t make eye contact with or threaten the robbers in anyway
  • Don’t pursue the robbers after they leave

Along with advising jewelers of what can be done to prevent crime, Jewelers Mutual will continue to monitor developing criminal situations and deploy additional targeted loss prevention services to protect commercial lines policyholders and the jewelry industry when possible.

“Jewelers Mutual is committed as a proactive business partner in the protection of jewelry and providing a safe environment to our customers,” said Larry Spicer, vice president of Loss Prevention and Risk Management Services.

Policyholders are also encouraged to contact their agent with any questions regarding additional security measures they can leverage to protect their property.

Continue Reading

Most Popular