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 Second 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. View Draft Agenda

What are the goals of the Second 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 Second Jewelry Industry Summit?

January 29 & 30, 2017. Register Now.

Where is the Second Summit to be held?

Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona

What is the cost?

The cost of registration is $275. Industry associations discounts are available, contact your association / organization for details. Registration fee includes a reception on the evening of Jan. 29, coffee breaks, and lunches as well as free registration for the AGTA GemFair at the Tucson Convention Center, which runs Jan. 31- Feb. 5.

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 is on the Planning Committee?

The Planning Committee changes each year. Please refer to the Summit Planning Committee page.

Cheri Torres and Mike Feinson of Innovation Partners are working with us to design and facilitate the summit. They are conducting interviews with diverse stakeholders to ensure the design reflects all voices, concerns and hopes across the Jewelry Industry. To learn more about them: www.innovationpartners.com.

At the close of the first Jewelry Industry Summit in March, 2016 a Steward Team was also formed. Please refer to the Steward Team page.

How will the Second Summit work?

This will be a highly interactive meeting with facilitated small and large group conversations using an approach called Appreciative Inquiry (AI). AI is a facilitation process that enables large numbers of stakeholders to engage in generative conversation, innovation, planning and collaborative action. Speeches and presentations will be limited. Instead, we will leverage the collective knowledge and experience of participants to move the group toward a shared vision and a plan to implement any identified principles and goals.

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

It is important for participants to be present for the entire Summit because the process is cumulative: each step builds upon previous components and outcomes from discussions.

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.

The Summit Planning Committee would also like to offer domestic scholarships to ensure all sectors of the US trade are in attendance.

Please contact Mike Pace at mike@connectedjewelry.com if you wish to contribute and or sponsor a scholarship! Mike can also provide information on other sponsorship opportunities. 

To apply for a scholarship, contact Barbara Wheat at barbarawheat@gmail.com.

How is the Summit funded?

The Planning 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 January 29th, coffee breaks and lunch during the Summit.
  • It also includes a free registration for the AGTA GemFair at the Tucson Convention Center, which runs January 31st to February 5th.

How can I contribute?

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

Please contact Mike Pace at mike@connectedjewelry.com if you wish to contribute and or sponsor a scholarship! Mike can also provide information on other sponsorship opportunities. Click here for sponsorship details.

Individuals can easily donate when registering for the Summit. 

To apply for a scholarship, contact Barbara Wheat at barbarawheat@gmail.com.

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 Mike Pace at mike@connectedjewelry.com if you wish to contribute and or sponsor a scholarship! Mike can also provide information on other sponsorship opportunities. Click here for sponsorship details.

To apply for a scholarship or have general questions, contact Barbara Wheat at barbarawheat@gmail.com. Barbara can also be reached for press inquiries. 

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Contact us:

Email: jewelryindustrysummit@gmail.com

 

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