Rapaport Fair Trade Conference at JCK 2007

Part 1 of 5 - Meet the panelists who participated in the Rapaport Fair Trade Conference at JCK, Las Vegas. Eric Braunwart of Columbia Gem House talks about the growing enthusiasm for fair trade gems from jewelers and consumers. Eric also reveals preliminary findings of a consumer study on fair trade jewelry

Part 2 of 5 - Caren Holzman from TransFair USA (a FLO member organization) discusses current Fairtrade practices, requirements of Fairtrade labeling, and upcoming Fairtrade initiatives relating to diamonds and the jewelry industry.

Part 3 of 5 - Lourens Maré and Demos Takoulas talk about the jewelry industry in South Africa and the hardships faced in their country which suffers from a 40% unemployment rate among people ages 18-35. They also talk about development projects that are taking historically disadvantaged individuals (HDIs) out of the townships and training them in jewelry design and manufacturing.

Part 4 of 5 - Veronika Kohler from CASM (Communities and Small-scale Mining) conveys the enormity of small-scale mining, and discusses the opportunities that fair trade initiatives could provide for artisanal miners around the world

Part 5 of 5 - Tom Cushman shares his experiences in Madagascar with mining colored gems and gold.

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