RAPAPORT… The Birmingham Assay Office, in partnership with International Jewellery London (IJL), will host the fifth “Great Debate,” next week to provoke discussion and prompt action towards a more ethically and socially responsible global jewelry industry. For the Great Debate 2011, there is positive news and some inspiring pioneers will be telling their success stories.
Designer Stephen Webster will explain his personal involvement with Fairtrade & Fairmined Gold and show a film documenting the conditions he found during a recent visit to the mines of Peru.
Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri, the president of CIBJO, will explain the role of the group’s Corporate Social Responsibility Centre of Excellence in Antwerp.
Catherine Sproule, the director of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) will profile some companies that have now achieved accreditation to RJC’s exacting standards.
The Great Debate will be chaired by Michael Allchin, the chief executive of The Birmingham Assay Office, and will be a platform for the audience to ask speakers how they achieved delivering ethical projects thus far. The event will be held at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in the Inspiration Theatre on September 5, 2011, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.