You are cordially invited to attend a talk by
General Manager, Corporate Relations
Rio Tinto Group
John Hall's responsibility for Rio Tinto is for key relationships with external stakeholders including government, NGOs and industry bodies, as well as corporate responsibility programmes such as the Kimberley Process and the Responsible Jewellery Council. Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK. Rio Tinto Diamonds currently produces about 20 per cent of the world's rough diamonds by volume through the Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada, the long-established Argyle Diamond Mine in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia and the Murowa Diamond Mine in Zimbabwe.
Consumer Confidence in the Jewellery Industry: Reframing the Debate
Reputation is the finest asset of the jewellery industry, and it is under threat. Conflict diamonds, dirty gold, bad labour practices all sully consumer perceptions of jewellery. Ensuring an honourable or ethical supply chain is a critical challenge. Other industries have made great efforts to improve their approach: witness the growth of fair trade sourcing in food and timber. Much work has already been done by the jewellery industry too. The Responsible Jewellery Council, formed in 2005 and which GIA is a member of, has developed a system of standards and certification, applying to all parts of the jewellery chain from mine to retail. Taking this approach across the industry is the challenge now, and one for which we must all take some responsibility.
Wednesday October 28, 2009
6:30pm for 7:00pm start
at the GIA London Campus
RSVP by phone 0207 813 4321 or e-mail us to book a place.
The event is free for current GIA students.
Alumni members - £3.
Non members and guests - £5.
NB: All graduates from a GIA course (Certificate or Diploma) are automatically Members.
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