With the Inter-governmental Paris Conference on climate change less than three months away, over the past few weeks there has been a surge of media reporting around various environmental issues. Consequently, it feels like the right time to clarify how our CIBJO Jewellery Industry Greenhouse Gas Measurement Initiative is positioning our industry for possibly the most significant challenge that we will face in the future.
On November 6, 2014, CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri addressed the Zimbabwe Diamond Conference in Harare, describing what he described as a “historic days for the diamond industry.” The following is the full text of his address.
Pearl farming differs from gemstone and mineral mining in that it is a sustainable or renewable activity, and members of pearl grass-roots communities can be expected to remain actively involved in the industry for generations to come. It, therefore, is important that these communities be provided with fair and equitable opportunities to benefit from the pearl farming enterprise, so that they will be incentivized to invest and reinvest in their future and that of the entire pearl industry.