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CSR workshop planned at Shanghai World Expo
Will include case study on gem and jewellery industry adapting CSR successfully
By: Diamond World News Service
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Sep 16 2010 12:13PM
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A case study on how the gem and jewellery industry has adapted and promoted Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability will form an example to explain Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability at a workshop during the Shanghai World Expo on September 21 and 22, 2010. The workshop invites senior officials from the Chinese government and the United Nations.

The event is part of UNITAR Week in the United Nations Pavilion at the World Expo by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in cooperation with CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation. Gaetano Cavalieri, CIBJO president said, “The intention at this very high-profile event is that our experiences in the jewellery industry will serve as a positive example for other members of the business community, both in China and beyond.".

CIBJO will present - ‘A 10-Year Journey’, on September 21, explaining the progress of the jewellery sector since 2000, with events like the conflict diamond crisis, formation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, CIBJO's CSR and sustainability programme, CIBJO chosen as the jewellery sector's first and only member of the UN Economic and Social Council in 2006, creation of the World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF).

The workshop will also feature CSR experts who designed the syllabus of the WJCEF, a panel including prominent jewellery industry leaders and officials - Eli Izhakoff, president of the World Diamond Council; Jonathan Kendall, Global Operations Director for De Beers' Forevermark programme; Mark Van Bockstael, International Affairs Manager at the Antwerp World Diamond Centre; and Georges Brys, CEO of HRD Antwerp, CIBJO's senior partner at the event in Shanghai.

"This is a remarkable honour for the jewellery business, and demonstrates how the efforts of our industry in the areas of CSR and sustainability have been recognised by the international community," said Cavalieri. UNITAR Week will run from September 19 to 26, 2010.

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