CIBJO and CRJP Release Hopeful Statements; CRJP Welcomes New Members


November 14, 2005

CIBJO and CRJP Release Hopeful Statements; CRJP Welcomes New Members

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation and the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices released separate statements announcing the two groups continue to keep an open door in the rift between them. Their statements generated optimism the organizations can work out disagreements to move forward together on CRJP's misson to promote responsible ethical, social and environmental practices throughout the diamond and gold jewelry supply chain from mine to retail.

In a resolution passed by CIBJO's executive committee on Nov. 8, it reaffirmed the letter sent by CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri to CRJP on August 31, informing CRJP that CIBJO was withdrawing from the council. While it noted that CIBJO's decision to remain outside CRJP still stands, the resolution stated that CIBJO is prepared to consider re-engaging CRJP. Any outcome, it said, must be consistent with CIBJO's role in the industry. In the resolution, CIBJO also declared its willingness to work with other representative bodies active in the international jewelry, gemstones, pearls and precious metals sectors, with the aim of arriving at a common policy regarding CRJP.

In a Nov. 14 press release, CRJP reiterated that it would welcome the participation of CIBJO, the World Federation of Diamond Bourses and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association into its consultation process (WFDB and IDMA has also expressed reservations about the CRJP's process and goals). The consultation process allows stakeholders of all sizes to fill out an online survey seeking feedback on a set of proposed (and not finalized) principles. CRJP recently extended the period in which it will collect this feedback until the end of March 2006. Responses are treated confidentially and the results of the survey will be released publicly. Go to www.responsiblejewellery.com, Click on "Participate" and follow the instructions.

In other news, CRJP announced that a number of firms had joined the council, including the American Gem Society, with 1,400 retail jeweler doors and 245 suppliers; Bonas & Co. Ltd., a rough diamond broker; LVMH, Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, an international luxury brand group; Piaget, a luxury jewelry and watch maker; Placer Dome, a global mining company; Suashish Diamonds Ltd., a DTC sightholder and jewellery manufacturer; and Van Cleef & Arpels, a luxury retail jeweler.

CRJP says it continues to encourage additional companies, associations and other stakeholders of all sizes and business models to participate in its development. It's particularly interested in hearing from diamond cutters and polishers, diamond and gold jewellery manufacturers and traders in the middle of the supply chain, as well as from retailers and other stakeholders in the process. It welcomed new association member AGS, saying that it represented many smaller voices in the industry.



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