Gem-A launches CSR course for jewellery industry

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Online course aims to provide all business types with CSR foundation.

The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) is set to launch a brand new course focused on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the jewellery industry, created as a foundation for all types and size of jewellery business.

The CSR course has been developed in conjunction with Branded Trust and CIBJO’s educational charity the World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF).

The course will be available to study online, providing "a series of interactive lectures, delivered by experts in all the relevant areas, and supplemented with readings, tests and a written essay".

Gem-A says it has been working over the past year on the course, in a bid to "help the jewellery industry realise the growing importance of CSR as an essential aspect of professional accreditation". It also notes how customers today expect jewellery retailers and designers to be able to advise on aspects of their product or offer, such as the origins or social and environmental impact of their purchase.

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The course is said to provide a structured outline of the benefits of CSR and how a range of businesses can use different tools and techniques to assist in implementing a CSR programmeto help improve overall business performance.

Gem-A’s ethics manager Vivien Johnston, said of the new course: “Working alongside Branded Trust we have come up with a number of superb modules that give straight-forward, practical, and actionable advice for the jewellery professional to increase their company’s ethical value. For anyone serious about tracking the impact of their business practices and improving the areas, environments and communities they do business in, Gem-A and Branded Trust’s new CSR course can give real measurable advice on how to start becoming a more socially responsible company.”

These comments were echoed by Gem-A chief executive James Riley, who added: “For the last few years ethics, and ideas about being ‘ethical’, ‘green’, or ‘socially responsible’ have been bandied around the jewellery industry like they’re going out of fashion. We think it’s great that the conversation about issues surrounding CSR and how we, as an industry, tackle them, has begun.

"However, problems remain with the industry being able to validate these claims with real practical measures for educating and tracking company policy and its impacts. Gem-A and Branded Trust hope to change this with an industry-wide push for the validation and accreditation of those committed to a socially responsible supply chain through a series of initiatives, starting with this new CSR-focussed professional qualification.”

Gem-A will be toasting the launch of the course at IJL, which opens doors this weekend, offering attendees to its stand at J31 a free glass of champagne from 12.30pm on Sunday August 31.

Early adopters will be able to register their interest on the Gem-A stand or they can officially enrol on the course for a one-off fee of £595.

 

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