CIBJO holds its 2018 congress in Bogotá, Colombia, focuses on responsible sourcing and adapting to changing business and technological environment

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has wrapped up its 2018 annual congress at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bogotá, Colombia, which was held from October 15 to October 17, with steering committee meetings taking place on October 13 and 14. A highlight of the event was the unveiling of a Responsible Sourcing Guidance, which is designed to provide  benchmarks for responsible sourcing systems developed and applied by jewellery and gemstone industry organisations and commercial bodies, and for governments that may seek to create viable regulatory systems.

Addressing the congress, CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri called on the jewellery and gemstone industries to adapt to the often-dramatic changes that have taken place in the business, technological and geopolitical environments, stressing this is necessary in order to develop and prosper.

The congress was hosted by Fedesmeraldas, the National Federation of Emeralds of Colombia, and CDTEC, Colombia’s leading gemmological institute.

 

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CIBJO concludes 2018 congress in Bogotá, Colombia, after focusing strongly on responsible sourcing and new technologies

During the concluding General Assembly session on the final day, CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri described the congress as most successful, noting that significant work had been accomplished in driving forward the business and social agendas of the jewellery and gemstone industries, and in particular preparing them for the luxury marketplace in the years ahead.

Colombian Vice-President Marta Lucia Ramirez visits CIBJO Congress, addresses challenges and opportunities facing country’s jewellery industry

Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez was a guest of the 2018 CIBJO Congress on its third and final day, addressing delegates as well as about 200 local members of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá’s Jewellery Cluster. Speaking to the gathering, she outlined challenges facing Colombia in general and the business community specifically, and she pointed to the growing importance and expansion of her country’s jewellery sector.

Colombian industry session features CIBJO panel, looking at how responsible business standards can help jewellery producers break into foreign markets

The morning of the third and final day of the 2018 CIBJO Congress focused on the Colombian jewellery sector with presentations by the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá and the Colombian emerald mining industry. A special panel featuring CIBJO delegates discussed how the Colombian jewellery industry would benefit from adopting responsible business practices.

ISO platinum standard and impact of FTC’s revised jewellery guides debated at Precious Metals Commission

Issues relating to definitions of platinum and gold fineness levels, as well as to the disclosure of rhodium plating, were at the heart of the Precious Metals Commission meeting on the second day of the 2018 CIBJO Congress.

CIBJO Ethics Commission deconstructs the revised jewellery guides of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission

The FTC guides do not have the power of law, although they do attach to a law preventing misleading advertising. The revision process is now closed, but the FTC can reopen consideration of any element of the guides at any time, Ethics Commission President Tiffany Stevens told congress delegates.

Gemmological Commission reveals results of survey of gem labs, which looked at how they differentiate the reporting of natural, synthetic and treated diamonds

The survey showed that the nomenclature used to define the nature of the stones is generally clear, but there remain some inconsistencies in the precise terms used, and whether or not synthetic and treated stones are actually graded.

Soon-to-be launched Precious Corals Online Course at heart of the Coral Commission’s deliberations at the CIBJO Congress

While precious corals are deep-water species, and are not under immediate threat from climate warming and ocean acidification, the commission hopes that the public profile of precious coral jewellery and scientific initiatives taken by its members will raise awareness and provide solutions for the plight of the endangered shallow-water coral reefs.

Pearl Commission discusses the strength of social media marketing to promote industry and consumer education

CIBJO’s Do’s and Do Not’s guide for retailers was also presented during the Pearl Commission session. It is a concise document for industry professionals, reviewing what people who trade in pearls should and shouldn’t do, and it includes a table providing comprehensive information about possible pearl treatments.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s revised guide for the jewelry industry comes under the focus of the Diamond Commission at CIBJO Congress

An overview of the changes that the United States’ FTC published in its jewellery guides are believed by industry groups to be skewed in favour of the synthetic diamond trade. Despite this, the commission did not feel there was any necessity at this stage to amend the Diamond Blue Book.

Coloured Gemstone Commission differentiates between opinions and facts on gemstone reports, Do’s and Dont’s and simplified guides

The dilemma of separating empirical facts and the professional opinion of gemmologists on gemstone reports came under focus in the Coloured Stone Commission, which met on the first day of the 2018 CIBJO Congress.

Blockchain presented to CIBJO Congress, as specialist panel discusses how innovative technology may affect the jewellery industry

The objective of the session was to investigate the significance and possible impacts of Blockchain in general, and more specifically in terms of the technology’s applications in the jewellery and gemstone sectors, from perspectives of defending the chain of supply and as a financial tool.

CIBJO unveils Responsible Sourcing Guidance project, standardising manner in which jewellery and gemstone firms should implement supply-chain due diligence

Philip Olden, head of the CIBJO Responsible Sourcing Guidance Project and President of the new Responsible Sourcing Commission, told the congress that the  mission is to support and provide guidance to all CIBJO members, especially manufacturers, retailers and distributors.

Special CSR Session at 2018 CIBJO Congress focuses on ethical issues facing companies in the supply chain

‘There is no debate in our industry whether we should act and seen to be acting responsibly, be it to our employees, customers, stakeholders and the wider society socially, environmentally and in terms of the way we do business,’ CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri to congress delegates.

In opening speech to 2018 CIBJO Congress, President Gaetano Cavalieri says jewellery industry must adapt to change

Dramatic changes have taken place in the business, technological and geopolitical environments, and the jewellery and gemstone industries need to adapt in order to survive and prosper, the CIBJO President said.

Responsible sourcing in jewellery and gemstones is the primary focus of Opening Session of 2018 CIBJO Congress

The 2018 CIBJO Congress has opened in Bogotá, Colombia, with CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri dispelling what he described as a popularly-held belief that very little changes. The challenge of the industry’s leadership is to identify change and develop adaptive strategies, he said.

CIBJO President calls for the creation of government-monitored chokepoints, to verify integrity of coloured gemstones entering chain of distribution

Gaetano Cavalieri called for the creation of government monitored chokepoints for the coloured gemstone sector, similar to national Kimberley Process Authorities that verify the identity of rough diamonds entering the global pipeline.

2018 CIBJO Congress opens in Bogotá, Colombia, with strong focus on responsible sourcing in the international jewellery sector

This included the introduction of a Responsible Sourcing Guidance document, which will serve as a reference for responsible sourcing practices developed and applied by industry organisations and commercial bodies worldwide, and will come to have the status of a CIBJO Blue Book. To oversee the process, a Responsible Sourcing Commission was established.

CIBJO Congress 2018 set to kick off in Bogotá, Colombia, on October 15, agendas and related documentation now online

With the 2018 CIBJO Congress set to open in Bogotá, Colombia, agendas and related documentation for the various sessions and meetings that will take place during the event have been posted online for downloading.

2018 CIBJO CONGRESS PHOTO GALLERIES

BOGOTÁ

GRAND HYATT BOGOTÁ

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
OCTOBER 13, 2018

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
OCTOBER 14, 2018

WELCOMING COCKTAIL PARTY
OCTOBER 14, 2018

OPENING BOARD MEETING
OCTOBER 15, 2018

CONGRESS OPENING SESSION
OCTOBER 15, 2018

CSR PANEL DISCUSSION
OCTOBER 15, 2018

RESPONSIBLE SOURCING GUIDANCE
OCTOBER 15, 2018

BLOCKCHAIN SESSION
OCTOBER 15, 2018

COLOURED STONE COMMISSION
OCTOBER 15, 2018

DIAMOND COMMISSION
OCTOBER 16, 2018

PEARL COMMISSION
OCTOBER 16, 2018

CORAL COMMISSION
OCTOBER 16, 2018

ETHICS COMMISSION
OCTOBER 16, 2018

GEMMOLOGICAL COMMISSION
OCTOBER 16, 2018

PRECIOUS METALS COMMISSION
OCTOBER 16, 2018

GALA DINNER
OCTOBER 16, 2018

VISIT OF THE COLOMBIAN VICE PRESIDENT
OCTOBER 17, 2018

COLOMBIAN INDUSTRY SESSION
OCTOBER 17, 2018

SECTOR A SESSION
OCTOBER 17, 2018

GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING
OCTOBER 17, 2018

VIDEO OF SPEECHES TO 2018 CIBJO CONGRESS

DR. GAETANO CAVALIERI
PRESIDENT OF CIBJO
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

EDWIN MOLINA
PRESIDENT OF APRECOL, COLOMBIA
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

TYLER GILLARD
HEAD OF OECD RESPONSIBLE MINERAL SUPPLY CHAIN PROJECT
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

PRAMOD KUMAR AGARWAL
CHAIRMAN OF GEMS & JEWELRY EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL (GJEPC)
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

STEPHANE FISCHLER
PRESIDENT OF WORLD DIAMOND COUNCIL
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

AHMED BIN SULAYEM
CHAIRMAN OF THE DUBAI MULTI COMMODITIES CENTRE (DMCC)
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

ERNEST BLOM
PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD FEDERATION OF DIAMOND BOURSES
OPENING SESSION ADDRESS
OCTOBER 15, 2018

MARTA LUCIA RAMIREZ
VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA
ADDRESS TO CONGRESS (IN SPANISH)
OCTOBER 17, 2018

2018 CIBJO CONGRESS PRESENTATIONS

DR. GAETANO CAVALIERI
President, CIBJO

Opening Session Address
October 15, 2018

Responsible Sourcing Guidance Address
October 15, 2018

Speech during visit of Vice President of Colombia to 2018 CIBJO Congress
October 17, 2018

Address to World Emerald Symposium
October 14, 2018

TYLER GILLARD
Head of OECD Responsible Mineral Supply Chain Project

Responsible Sourcing Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

PHILIP OLDEN
President of the CIBJO Responsible Sourcing Commission

Responsible Sourcing Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

STEPHANE FISCHLER
President of World Diamond Council

Opening Session Address
October 15, 2018

AHMED BIN SULAYEM
Executive Chairman of Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre (DMCC)
President, IIDGR

Opening Session Address
October 15, 2018

ERNEST BLOM
President of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses

Opening Session Address
October 15, 2018

ERIK JENS
Vice President of CIBJO Responsible Sourcing Commission

Responsible Sourcing Session Address
October 15, 2018

Responsible Sourcing Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

Blockchain Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

CARRIE GEORGE
Vice President and head of Sustainability Solutions for Everledger

Blockchain Session Keynote Presentation
October 15, 2018

TIFFANY STEVENS
 President of CIBJO Ethics Commission

SARA YOOD
Senior Counsel, Jewlers Vigilance Committeee (JVC)

Ethics Commission Presentation on FTC Guidelines and Jewelry Development Impact Index (JDI)
October 16, 2018

EMMANUEL PIAT
 Vice President, CIBJO Coloured Stone Commission

Responsible Sourcing Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

EDWARD JOHNSON
 Business Development Director, Responsible Jewellery Counsel (RJC)

Responsible Sourcing Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

ASSHETON CARTER
CEO of The Dragonfly Initiative/Project Director of the Coloured Gemstones Working Groupg

CSR Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

NATALIA URIBE
 Head of Standards and Certification, Alliance for Responsible Mining

CSR Session Presentation
October 15, 2018

2018 CIBJO CONGRESS SPECIAL REPORTS

MARKETING & EDUCATION COMMISSION

PRECIOUS METALS COMMISSION

DIAMOND COMMISSION

COLOURED STONE COMMISSION

ETHICS COMMISSION

GEMMOLOGICAL COMMISSION

PEARL COMMISSION

CORAL COMMISSION

2018 CIBJO CONGRESS HOSTS

FEDESMERALDAS is the umbrella corporation representing the Colombian emerald industry as a whole. Its founding members are: The Emerald Miners Association (APRECOL), the Emerald Colombian Brokers Associations (Asocoesmeral) and the Emerald Exporters Association (ACODES).

CDTEC is the most advanced gemmological institute in Latin America. Its aim is to acquire and impart knowledge in every field associated with the gems and jewelry industry from mining through trading.

2018 CIBJO CONGRESS SPONSORS

PLATINUM SPONSORS

GOLD SPONSOR

SPONSORS

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