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.