The Women’s Jewellery Network (WJN), the UK’s only dedicated organisation supporting women working in the UK jewellery industry, has announced Victoria Waugh as its first UK ambassador for ethics and sustainability.
Waugh joins four existing WJN regional Ambassadors in a role that will provide support and direction for WJN members wishing to know more about ethical and sustainable practices and materials sourcing – matters that are becoming increasingly integral to the professional operations of both new and established jewellery businesses.
Waugh has more than 15 years’ business development experience across the clothing, jewellery and accessory sectors, plus leading the Fairtrade Foundation’s work to launch Fairtrade gold, bringing a wealth of commercial expertise and knowledge of sustainable and ethical practices to the WJN and its members.
The new WJN ambassador, Victoria Waugh, shares: “I am delighted to join this important movement as its ambassador for ethics and sustainability. Having spent many years advising businesses on responsible sourcing, I’ve learnt that it is only by working together and transparently sharing our experiences that we can drive positive change for all those involved in the jewellery supply chain. I hope my role will support members to understand the impact jewellery manufacture has on people and planet; and to provide practical guidance on running a better jewellery business.”
Waugh, an independent advisor for brands and individuals seeking to improve or advance their supply chains and sustainable practices, is also non-executive director of the Ethical Fashion Forum, and supports development of the new commonobjective.io website. Previously, she held the role of global business development manager for Fairtrade Gold at Fairtrade International.
Speaking of Waugh’s appointment, WJN founder Victoria McKay says: “As we move into the second quarter of 2018 we are thrilled to have a new ambassador joining our ranks. Victoria is inspiring, experienced, and a warm and enthusiastic woman who will provide valuable insight into sustainability and ethics for our members – subjects that are increasingly part of the conversation we have with members who want to do better in their daily working practices.”
The WJN is set to announce a series of events in the coming weeks, following its successful International Women’s Day events in London and Birmingham.