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GIA Symposium 2011 to address sustainability and jewellery crime
The Symposium is slated between May 29-30, 2011
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Apr 28 2011 5:11PM
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Dr. Biran Nattrass
Dr. Biran Nattrass
Two leading professionals, Dr. Brian Nattrass, founder and managing partner of Sustainability Partners and Patrick Peys, a detective with the Belgian Federal Police Service and leading detective of the Diamond Squad will also be presenting at the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Symposium 2011 business track agenda, slated between May 29-30, 2011. The Symposium is being held at the GIA headquarters in Carlsbad.

Dr. Brian Nattrass’ firm Sustainability Partners is one of the world’s leading consultancies on sustainable enterprise. “Brian’s expertise will be a powerful component of our Symposium, due to the ever-growing importance of corporate and social responsibility in today’s business landscape,” said Bev Hori, GIA vice president of Education and chief learning officer. Dr. Brian Nattrass will present “Playing a Bigger Game: Better Business for a Better World’, touching upon practical issues affecting the jewelry industry today, like - mining conditions where gemstones are sourced; recycled materials in jewelry; determining if a company is socially responsible, in effect helping attendees shift their thinking to a triple bottom line or 3Ps: people, planet and profit. Nattrass is a consultant for strategy and implementation of sustainable business practices to leading global brands including Nike, Starbucks, Target, Nordstrom, VF Corp, The North Face, REI, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, and also with his wife, served as senior advisor on sustainability strategy and implementation to the U.S. Army.

Patrick Peys
Patrick Peys
Patrick Peys, a detective with the Belgian Federal Police Service, will present ‘Masterminds and Thieves: Tales of Intrigue, Swindles and Heists,’ during a special ‘lunch and learn’ session. Being the lead detective of the Diamond Squad, the world’s only police team that specializes in diamond crimes, he has investigated smuggling, swindles, fraud and money laundering in his 15-year career with the team. Along with his fellow detectives, he is featured in the book ‘Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History’.

The Symposium will also celebrate the 80th anniversary of GIA.

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