IJL Great Debate argues ethics

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Birmingham Assay Office & Reed Exhibitions sponsor 2010 green debate.

The IJL Great Debate, presented in partnership between The Birmingham Assay Office and Reed Exhibitions, is to focus on ethical sourcing this year.

The Great Debate 2010, comprised of three separate sessions, will be presented by outside parties who are each meeting the ethical challenge in a different way.

On September 5, a seminar will explain how the jewellery industry can play a part in improving the lives of artisanal and small-scale miners by dual-labelling certified products as Fairtrade and Fairmined.

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The topic is: ‘Making Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold a Reality: How can the jewellery industry use Fairtrade and Fairmined gold to improve the lives of miners and their communities?’

On September 6, the Responsible Jewellery Council will be hosting a workshop to explain how to implement the RJC system of independent, third party audit and certification. This will be open to both RJC members and non members.

On September 7, delegates wishing to offer ethically sourced fine jewellery, but without the knowledge to make it happen, will be able to listen as a panel of successful traders share their experiences. Designer Ute Decker, Jonathan Lambert (Ethically Precious) and David Hargreaves (Fair Trade Gemstones) will attempt to provide the answers on how to source ethical materials in an interactive session.

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