UK: Trade Minister to Chair Ethics Debate During London Show

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RAPAPORT… The Birmingham Assay Office will stage “The Great Debate” during the International Jewellery London on September 3, 2008. The Assay office “continues to be concerned about ethical, humanitarian and social issues associated with the jewellery trade and is keen that these be confronted and the challenges met in a transparent way.”

The motion this year will be, “This house believes that the global jewellery industry will deliver an ethically responsible supply chain in line with consumer demand,” the Assay office announced.   

Marion Wilson, sales and marketing director, said,  “Our concern is twofold. We would like to think we operate within an industry which acts responsibly with regards to ethical, humanitarian and environmental issues. We are also concerned that jewellers meet increasing consumer demand for evidence that their products have been produced responsibly.  If they don’t it could be very damaging to the jewellery trade as a whole.

“We are delighted that Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham, Minister for Trade & Investment has agreed to chair the debate.  His presence demonstrates the importance of these issues and we are guaranteed a lively discussion with Lord Jones in the Chair.”
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