(CHICAGO) – The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference will take place as an entirely digital event, November 9 – 13. The conference has introduced a pay-what-you-can ticket scheme, to encourage involvement from every member of the jewelry industry. To achieve meaningful supply chain change, everyone’s participation is needed and welcome.
This year’s conference features 64 speakers and 26 sessions over five days. Presenters include government and international organizations like the US State Department and the United Nations; NGOs and advocacy groups like PACT, IMPACT, Amazon Aid Foundation, the Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy, Human Rights Watch, the Kimberley Process Civil Society, and Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association; jewelry associations and organizations like the GIA, World Diamond Council, and Ethical Metalsmiths; miners, mining community representatives, and organizations representing miner rights and concerns like Tax Justice Network Africa, United Tribes of Bristol Bay, Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA), the Chede Mining Operation in Colombia; and many jewelry brands, designers, and gem dealers working to improve supply chain awareness and behaviors.
The conference will begin on Monday, November 9, with a Responsible Gem Fair. Eight organizations focused on responsible mining and social impact will share their stories and present the opportunity to buy responsible gems directly from them.
General sessions begin on Tuesday, November 10 and last through Friday, November 13. A few session highlights include:
- Sustainable Development Goals for Artisanal Mining
- Large Scale Diamond Mining: What Still Needs to Be Addressed?
- A Gemstone Panel exploring how to bring value back to source countries
- Indigenous Land Rights and Large Scale Mining
- Bringing Gender Equity to Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining
- A Responsible Design panel
- A discussion about how the fashion industry is implementing the United Nations SDGs
On Tuesday, November 10, there will be an online group screening of the documentary Máxima, followed by a Q&A with the director and producer Claudia Sparrow.
The goal of the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference is two-fold:
1: To facilitate dialog among all participants in the supply chain, and to tell the truth – even unpleasant truths – to one another. Understanding and knowledge are the first requirements for change.
2: To initiate action. It’s not enough to talk about problems – the industry must solve them. To date, the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference has motivated the launch of over a dozen worldwide initiatives. Coming together to learn inevitably motivates action.
You can be part of the change. Start by listening and learning, and see where it takes you.
Participants can view full session information and register here.
The Responsible Jewelry Transformative’s mission is to engage everyone in the jewelry industry – miners, makers, professionals, educators, and students – to address all the ways which individuals and companies can be involved in the responsible jewelry movement. To provide structure and funding to meaningful initiatives that can cause change. To make a difference by making things happen.