CIBJO Head Presents Jew­ellers’ CSR Pro­grammes To UN

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The 2016 High-Level Seg­ment of the UN’s Eco­nomic and So­cial Coun­cil in ses­sion in New York. CIBJO pres­i­dent Gae­tano Cava­lieri has re­ported on the World Jew­ellery Con­fed­er­a­tion’s Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) and sus­tain­abil­ity pro­gramme to the High­Level Seg­ment of the United Na­tions Eco­nomic and So­cial Coun­cil (ECOSOC), which took place in end July in New York.

CIBJO was one of only a hand­ful of NGOs in­vited to make an oral state­ment at the ses­sion. The High-Level Seg­ment brings to­gether rep­re­sen­ta­tives from UN mem­ber states, the pri­vate sec­tor, civil so­ci­ety and academia, and ad­dresses ECOSOC’s an­nual theme, which this year is “Im­ple­ment­ing the post2015 de­vel­op­ment agenda: mov­ing from com­mit­ments to re­sults.”

In his re­port, Cava­lieri de­scribed a se­ries of pro­grammes that have been in­tro­duced, which help op­ti­mise the in­volve­ment of the in­ter­na­tional jew­ellery sec­tor in achiev­ing the UN’s sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals. At the same time, he said, they are meant to mit­i­gate any neg­a­tive so­ci­etal ef­fects that are di­rectly or in­di­rectly re­lated to the sec­tor’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Among the pro­grammes that Dr Cava­lieri re­ported on the ECOSOC ses­sion were: • A com­pre­hen­sive set of cour­ses in Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity and Sus­tain­abil­ity for pro­fes­sion­als in the greater jew­ellery in­dus­try. • The de­vel­op­ment and roll-out of an on­line sys­tem that will sup­port all play­ers in the in­dus­try in main­tain­ing an eth­i­cal chain of cus­tody, while at the same time reporting on proac­tive so­cially re­spon­si­ble poli­cies. • Col­lab­o­ra­tion with gov­ern­ment and civil so­ci­ety in the ar­eas of bio­di­ver­sity and the com­bat­ing of the il­licit trade in pre­cious met­als and gem­stones. • The de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion of a frame­work that en­ables mem­bers of the jew­ellery in­dus­try world­wide to mea­sure and off­set their car­bon foot­prints. In 2006, CIBJO be­came the jew­ellery in­dus­try’s first and only rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the UN body, which is charged with en­gag­ing gov­ern­ment, busi­ness and civil so­ci­ety in ad­vanc­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s de­vel­op­ment agenda. Since 2013, it has done this with the sup­port of Fiera di Vi­cenza, which it­self be­came the first trade show or­gan­iser to be recog­nised by the United Na­tions.

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