Rapaport Press Release
Monday, March 30, 2009 – Basel, Switzerland, 10:30-13:30
February 9, 2009, New York—The Rapaport Group will sponsor the first Fair Trade Jewelry Conference at the prestigious BASELWORLD Watch and Jewellery Show. The conference will take place Monday, March 30, from 10:30 until 13:30 in the Montreal Hall at the Basel Congress Center. The Basel Congress Center is located across the street from the show.

This conference will provide an opportunity for leading jewelry industry stakeholders to discuss and learn about Fair Trade Jewelry opportunities and recent initiatives. It will also provide an opportunity for members of the Fair Trade community to learn more about the jewelry industry and opportunities for cooperation with the private sector.

The conference is free and open to everyone. Members of the jewelry trade and fair trade communities are encouraged to attend.

Topics at the conference will include:
• Fair Trade Jewelry Initiatives
• What is and what is not Fair Trade Jewelry
• The role of the private sector
• What’s in a name: Charitable, Conflict Free, Ethical, Fair     
  Trade, Fair Made, Development Jewelry
• Sourcing and Marketing Fair Trade Jewelry

To learn more about this conference or to confirm your attendance, please email: fairtrade@diamonds.net. Space will be limited. Media contact: media@rapaport.com, 646-217-4263

About Rapaport Fair Trade:The Rapaport Group is committed to the development of Fair Trade diamond, gold and jewelry products and markets. We believe that Fair Trade jewelry can and should be a catalyst for the alleviation of poverty in the artisanal mining sector and the creation of jobs for severely disadvantaged communities. The Group supports the development of Fair Trade cooperatives and small business units in West Africa, Fair Made jewelry efforts in South Africa and the establishment of viable Fair Trade standards by the international jewelry trade. Rapaport Fair Trade abides by the following four fair trade principles: • Fair Wages • Community Benefit • Do No Harm • Independent Monitoring. Additional information is available at http://www.diamonds.net/fairtrade/

About the Rapaport Group:The Rapaport Group is an international network of companies providing added value services that support the development of free, fair and competitive global diamond markets. Established in 1978, the Rapaport Diamond Report is the primary source of diamond prices and market information. Group activities include publishing, research and marketing services, internet information and diamond trading networks, global rough and polished diamond tenders, diamond certification, quality-control, compliance, shipping, and financial services. Major activities of the group include the development of markets for Fair Trade Diamonds and Jewelry as well as the creation of diamond futures markets. Additional information is available at www.Rapaport.com



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