29 April 2021
Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform Launch
Co-founding member of the Coloured Gemstones Working Group (CGWG), Gemfields is proud to announce the launch of the Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform (GJCP).
The CGWG, comprising Chopard, Gemfields, Kering, LVMH, Muzo, Richemont, Swarovski and Tiffany & Co., unites leading luxury brands and mining companies, driven by a shared commitment to catalyse positive change in the coloured gemstones and jewellery industry. The CGWG aims to help businesses in the gemstones and jewellery supply chains to be more sustainable and make responsible sourcing part of the way in which they work. To this end, the CGWG has dedicated the resources of senior and specialist staff to work towards achieving a more accountable and transparent industry. After five years of collaboration, and timed to coincide with the 2021 OECD Forum, the CGWG and TDI Sustainability are proud to launch the Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform. The purpose of the platform is to provide free learning resources and capacity building tools, facilitate education, encourage continuous improvement, and promote engagement and collaboration between businesses and their suppliers, customers and other partners. The platform is freely available to all companies who are part of the gemstone and jewellery industry, from mining through to cutting and polishing, trading and retailing. “Since launching in 2009, Gemfields has championed responsibility across the coloured gemstone sector. In this pursuit, we focus on three values above all else: transparency, legitimacy and integrity. In practice, this means continuously addressing the impacts of our own mining activities, but also supporting the downstream industry’s own sustainability journey. As a proud founding member of the CGWG since 2015, we have contributed our time, expertise and lessons learned, whether through the first ever ESG audits of the downstream industry or investing in physical traceability technology and blockchain platforms. The CGWG is a fantastic example of a valuable and collaborative industry partnership, and launching the GJCP is the culmination of a lot of hard work. Responsible sourcing is not a destination but a journey, and we hope that many feel inspired to utilise the GJCP to take their first steps!” Jack Cunningham, Sustainability, Policy & Risk Director, Gemfields.