Rapaport Fair Trade Conference at Baselworld 2009


CIBJO logoGaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO, The World Jewelry Confederation, spoke about sustainable economic development and the role CIBJO’s support of the United Nations Global Compact plays in the development of Fair Trade jewelry.

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ICA logoAndrew Cody, president of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) and Dr. Michael Hopkins of MHC International Ltd. presented a comprehensive and practical proposal for a global "jewelry ethical trade system." 

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WBCSD logoCheryl Hicks of the World Business Council of Sustainable Development spoke about sustainable consumption and the changing of consumer perspectives to a greener point of view. In her presentation, "Sustainability Issues and Opportunities for Brands and Luxury," Hicks explained how ethical sourcing and sustainability would become even more crucial in 2009, as luxury brands seek to define themselves in terms of their credibility in responsible practice.

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ARM logoPatrick Schein of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) discussed the difficulties facing artisanal miners in the third world, and how the organization's "Standard Zero" certified gold, platinum and silver is playing a role in providing an equitable living for those miners.

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RJC logoPamela Caillens, Corporate Responsibility Director for Cartier International presented for the Responsible Jewellery Council, where she outlined a proposal for a standardized certification system. Caillens also explained how the RJC was different than fair trade, but shared a common goal. 


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