Show hopes to support views of UK industry and help develop its CSR.
International Jewellery London (IJL) has been accepted as a commercial member of the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO), helping to facilitate discussions with the UK industry and help promote its corporate social responsibility (CSR).
IJL is the first jewellery show from the UK to gain such representation in the international body.
CIBJO president Gaetano Cavalieri said he was happy at being able to welcome IJL organiser Reed Exhibition into the Federation, adding that as an important trade show in a prominent jewellery market it can play a key role in supporting the industry, both in Britain and internationally.
He said: “I am delighted to welcome IJL into our fold. CIBJO recognises trade shows as the primary gathering places for our sector, providing not only opportunities for promoting business, but also forums at which we can discuss and address common issues and challenges.
"IJL has long served to bring together members of the trade from across the UK, Europe and internationally, and in this respect it is ideally positioned to advance CIBJO programmes relating to harmonised industry standards, CSR and consumer confidence.”
CIBJO membership presently includes national jewellery trade organisations from more than 40 countries around the world, focused on the jewellery, gemstone and precious metals sectors, mines and retail stores. Production, manufacturing and trading centres are also represented through CIBJO. Many of the international jewellery sector’s leading corporations and service providers are also affiliated to CIBJO through commercial membership.
IJL event director Sam Willoughby commented: “IJL already has very strong industry links and is seen as a show where partnerships are forged, announcements made and business progressed. It makes absolute sense for IJL to become a member of CIBJO, with its history and focus on supporting individuals and companies earning their livelihoods from jewellery, gemstones and precious metals.
“IJL will be able to reflect the views of the UK and contribute to developing CSR throughout the global jewellery industry. We fully support the work that CIBJO undertakes for the future security and development of the industry on an international scale.”
In 2006, CIBJO became the only organisation in the international diamond, gemstone and jewellery sectors ever to receive official consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between CIBJO and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) at this year’s IJL show, which took place in early September.