Don’t miss: The Great Debate at IJL 2011


Focus on making the jewellery industry can be ethically responsible.

International Jewellery London will host its fifth Great Debate this coming Monday, on day two of IJL 2011, with a subject not to miss: how the jewellery industry can be more ethically and socially responsible.

The fifth Great Debate, initiated and facilitated by The Birmingham Assay Office, aims to provoke thought and action from retailers, designers and brands, in a bid to be a more ethically and socially responsible global industry.

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This year the Great Debate will feature guest speakers including designer Stephen Webster, Catherine Sproule of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Gaetano Cavalieri, president of CIBJO, The World Jewellery Confederation.

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.

Cavalieri will explain the role of the new CIBJO Corporate Social Responsibility Centre of Excellence in Antwerp, and Catherine Sproule, director of the RJC, will profile some companies who have now achieved accreditation to the RJC exacting standards.

The debate, chaired by Michael Allchin, chief executive of The Birmingham Assay Office will then be open to the audience to question the speakers as to the challenges and solutions they have faced in delivering the projects so far.

Attendees at IJL are encouraged to come along and to air their views or find out more about initiatives involving ethical jewellery and Fairtrade Fairmined gold.

The Great Debate will take place at the Inspiration Theatre at IJL on Monday September 5th, from 11.15am – 12.30pm.


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