Jewelry Industry Summit

The Open Forum on Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Industry

The Open Forum on Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Industry

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the purpose of the Third Jewelry Industry Summit?

To maintain an industry-wide conversation that invites all stakeholders to discuss the challenges, opportunities and possibilities related to responsible sourcing in the jewelry industry supply chain.

What are the goals of the Third Summit?

  • Generate broad-based awareness of facts related to the jewelry industry supply chain and responsible sourcing and explore what works and what does not.

  • Learn about and review progress on current industry-wide initiatives and developments related to sustainable business practices and responsible sourcing.

  • Develop shared visions for key stages of the jewelry industry supply chain that support the broader industry vision for sustainable business and responsible sourcing.

  • Design prototypes of tools and strategies that enable businesses in the supply chain to make progress through continuous improvement.

When is the Third Jewelry Industry Summit?

February 2nd and 3rd, 2019. Registration will open shortly.

Where is the Third Summit to be held?

Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona

What is the cost?

The cost of registration is $275. Industry associations and student discounts are available, contact your association / organization for details. Registration fee includes a reception on the evening of Feb 2nd, coffee breaks, and lunches as well as free registration for the AGTA GemFair at the Tucson Convention Center which runs Feb 5th to Feb 8th.

How did this idea get started?

After an early spring 2015 meeting sponsored by the US State Department, which brought representatives of all sectors of the industry together to identify and address challenges and risks in the supply chains for our products, a number of industry members came together to discuss actions that could be taken. The take away from the State Department meeting was clear – collective action by industry members themselves to create voluntary systems to encourage responsible sourcing was needed to sustain our business into the 21st century. Initiatives created by those who will be subject to any such systems will ensure they are accessible, purpose fit and achievable by all. A group of volunteers (the Planning Committee) came together and started to talk about how to move these ideas forward. The idea for the summit came from those discussions.

Who organizes the Summit?

Please refer to the Summit Planning Committees page.

How will the Third Summit work?

This will be a highly interactive meeting with a range of presentational formats such as talks, learning labs and fireside chats. The format will leverage the collective knowledge and experience of all participants to help develop, plan and implement sustainable practices. There will be a poster session on the first day to help attendees learn about a wide range of sustainable initiatives.

Do I Have to Be There for the Full Two Days?

Given the large amount of content that will be presented at the Summit we recommend attending both days. The Summit has been timed to allow vendors attending the the AGTA GemFair enough time to attend the Summit and then set up their booth at the GemFair.

Who should attend?

We welcome representatives of all sectors and products of our industry. We hope that miners, dealers, distributers, wholesalers, designers, refiners, watch makers, pearl dealers, retailers and everyone in between will attend and contribute to the outcome. Also invited to attend are interested government representatives, representatives of non-governmental organizations, industry trade associations, consumer and marketing experts and affiliated service providers such as banks.

Please contact Robert Bentley if you wish to contribute. Robert can also provide information on other sponsorship opportunities.

How is the Summit funded?

The Finance Committee is working at enlisting generous donors companies and individuals to help fund the Summit. Further expenses will be covered by the registration fees of attendees.

The cost of registration is $275. This includes:

  • A reception on the evening of Feb 2nd, coffee breaks and lunch during the Summit.

  • It also includes a free registration for the AGTA GemFair at the Tucson Convention Center, which runs Feb 5th to Feb 8th.

How can I contribute?

Financing is needed. The Planning Committee is offering scholarships to help the international supplier community to attend. We need their voices, knowledge and ideas. The committee would also like to offer domestic scholarships to ensure all sectors of the US trade are in attendance. 

Please contact Robert Bentley if you wish to contribute and or sponsor a scholarship! Robert can also provide information on other sponsorship opportunities. Click here for sponsorship details.

Individuals can easily donate when registering for the Summit. 

How can I learn more?

Learn more about the Summit by exploring our website Facebook page! On the website, you will find a wealth of resources.  We hope people will take an opportunity to review the resources and educate themselves before the Summit. You will find material about some of the challenges already identified in our various supply chains and the numerous initiatives the industry has already undertaken to ensure a sustainable supply chain.

Take an opportunity to review the resources and educate themselves before the Summit. You will find material about some of the challenges already identified in our various supply chains and the numerous initiatives the industry has already undertaken to ensure a sustainable supply chain. 

Interested in sponsorships: Please contact Robert Bentley  if you wish to contribute and or sponsor a scholarship! Robert can also provide information on other sponsorship opportunities. Click here for sponsorship details.