Tiffany Stevens, President and CEO of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) in the United States, the new President of the CIBJO Ethics Commission.
November 6, 2017
Tiffany Stevens, President and CEO of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), and Sarah Yood, counsel with the JVC, provided an update on the Jewellery Industry Summit, an open forum on sustainability and responsible sourcing, which held its second annual meeting at the Tucson gemstones show in February together with the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA). Ms. Stevens has taken over the presidency of the commission from her predecessor at the JVC, Cecilia Gardner.
Attendees from 14 different countries gathered as a follow-up to the first summit in New York in March 2016 to discuss collective action on strengthening a sustainable and responsible supply chain, she said.
There were 175 attendees from many sectors, including trade associations, governments, jewellery designers, lawyers, non-governmental organisations and others. Mining sector representatives were missing, but organisers are addressing this issue. The second annual summit was more focused than the first edition.
Ms. Stevens said another issue on the agenda of the Jewellery Summit was an effort to eliminate silicosis from small gem cutting facilities.
Ms. Yood said that one outcome of the summit was the creation of the Jewellery Development Index, which is being developed by students in the United States to assess the comparative impact of the jewellery industry on people’s lives. The students are studying the effects of gold mining in Peru and diamond mining in Botswana. They are investigating both positive and negative impacts on health, human rights and other factors. The aim is to supply the data to other organisations and perhaps to a research institute at a later stage.
Ms. Stevens spoke about the issue of synthetic diamonds and the non-disclosure issue, as well as claims by some synthetic diamond manufacturers regarding advertising and the environmental impact. She said the JVC was still trying to receive clarification from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on these issues.