The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference 2018 schedule:
- Friday, October 19th 9:00-9:15 Opening: Susan Wheeler
9:15-10:00 Keynote: Mark Hanna, Richline Group. Mark will be addressing Trust Chain in his Keynote
10:05-10:50: Columbia Gold Mining: Rolberto Alvarez, Owner at the Mina Gualconda, Colombia and Conny Havel, FairminedHead of Supply Chains and Markets Rolberto’s presentaion will be about the journey of his family's gold mine in Colombia away from the use of mercury and into Fairmined certification
10:55-12:10 The Gem Cutting Panel Moderator: Eric Braunwart, Columbia Gem House Brandee Dallow, North America Business Development Consultant, Responsible Jewelry Council Maarten de Witte, American Diamond Cutter Dharmendra Tank, Heeralal Chhagganlal Tank Patricia Mweene, Inonge Zita Zambian Gemstones Rachel Hill, Americut Gems
12:10-1:30 Brown Bag Lunch and Break Out Session Mark Hannah, Trust Chain For All!
1:35-2:40 Sarah Caven, Dragonfly Initiative and Brian Cook, The Bahia, Brazil Golden Initiative and Natures Geometry A new mine in Brazil. How do you set up a new mine site in a responsible manner? How to supply responsible gemstones to large scale companies? Natural resources hold huge and largely unrealised potential to act as a catalyst for local, community-centric, sustainable development. To unlock this economic and social promise, however, new approaches to development are required, combining socially-oriented investment, capacity development, the opening of new ethical markets and the participation of businesses of all sizes from different parts of the raw materials supply chain. The Dragonfly Initiative (TDI), a strategic advisory firm and sustainable business incubator, brings together luxury brands and miners to create a platform - the Coloured Gemstone Working Group - to demonstrate the positive role of the coloured gemstone industry for many hundreds of thousands of individuals and communities. The Coloured Gemstone Working Group implements an adaptable due diligence systems that enables and builds the capacity of micro, small, medium and large businesses in the jewellery supply chain and has the commitment of 12 major luxury brands. Recognising the need for a mechanism to channel risk tolerate patient capital and grants to mining communities, TDI has launched, with the support of its corporate partners, an artisanal and small scale gold mining development and export project in Lake Victoria, Africa using a unique Impact Escalator model. It is intended to grow the portfolio of programmes from its foundation beginnings in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya to other geographies and commodities with the intention of being a catalyst for improved social, economic and environmental impact. This investment-led model also provides a responsible and professional vehicle for downstream actors to participate in promoting sustainable development in mining communities through direct funding and impact investments. This talk will culminate in the case study of the work of the TDI in gemstone mining communities in Brazil.
2:40-3:15 Gem Boutique open and networking
3:15-5:00 Movie Premiere, River of Gold: Official Trailer, Followed by a Q&A Moderator: Christina Miller Question and Answer to follow with Sarah duPont, Founder & President Amazon Aid Foundation Susan Egan Keane, Senior Director Natural Resources Defense Council Nigel Pitman, Ecologist, Field Museum
5:00-6:00 cocktail party on site
- Saturday, October 20th
9:00-9:45 Coffee and Gem Boutique open and networking
9:45-10:45 Jewelry Designer Panel Moderator: Alexandra Hart, President Ethical Metalsmiths and Designer/goldsmith Jennifer Dawes, Jennifer Dawes Design Francesco Belloni, Ethical Jewels Store in Milan, Italy Anna Bario, Bario Neal Helene Grassin, Paulette a Bicyclette
10:50-11:35 Joanne Lebert, IMPACT
11:40-12:25 Glenn Lehre, The Colourful Life Foundation Breaking Age-Old Economic & Social Boundaries: Training low income women in Jaipur to be Gem Cutters.
With vision, we can make a difference in the world. A very successful businessman in Jaipur, India had a vision where he wanted to educated every child in the Slums of Jaipur. Through his commitment, personal resources and the financial help of the Jaipur community, along with our Foundation, (Colourful Life Foundation, U.K.) this visionary businessman was able to fund 9 individual schools where children who normally could not have received a quality education to come and learn from Grades 1-6. Starting with this vision and directly supporting the schools, The Colorful Life Foundation, based in the United Kingdom also saw a direct opportunity to build and support the gem cutting community in Jaipur. Our foundation offered the mothers of these children who are attending the schools, to come at the same time and receive training in gemstone faceting and eventually being able to be employed in the Jaipur local gem cutting industry. In the not so distant past this would have not been possible for women of this economic class to receive training of this caliber in the local gem industry. It would have been reserved for only the men of the community. The presentation is about the vision, the training and how this is making a difference in the community where many in the West manufacture gemstones and jewelry.
12:25-1:30 Lunch and Break Out session, Gem Boutique Open and Networking
Patricia Syvrud and Elizabeth Orlando, The Jewelry Development Index, Toby Pomeroy, The mercury Free Mining Challenge: How we can solve Mercury Pollution and Profit in the 21st Century
1:30-2:30 The Gemstone Mining Panel - The Artisinal Voice: Stories from the Mine Moderator: Monica Stephenson Salma Kundi Ernest, Secretary of the Tanzanian Women's Mining Association Stuart Pool, Ninteen48, Rubyfair,Crown Gems and co-founder Fair Luxury Cristina Villegas, FairArtisanal Mining and Sourcing, Director of Mining at PACT Norbert Massay, Program Manager PACT
2:35-3:20 Robert Weldon, GIA The Rough Gem Guide for Artisanal Miners: Building Value for Miners in Tanzania
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) developed a mostly pictorial guide for artisanal miners to analyze and classify the gem rough that they mine. The goal of the guide is to help miners identify value factors in rough, and to provide them with tools to better negotiate value when they sell to brokers and other buyers. The booklet, written in Swahili, was distributed to Tanzanian miners together with a small, translucent tray to help them sort material and determine value factors. GIA contracted with Washington D.C.- based Pact to identify ideal mining communities in Tanzania that could benefit from the training, booklet and tray. Over the past two years the booklet and training program was distributed to important mining areas in Tanzania. With Pact as an important partner, GIA’s booklet has reached and benefitted approximately 1000 gem miners in the country.
3:20-4:05 Gem Boutique Open and Networking
4:05-4:50 Yianni Melas, The Gem Explorer, Greece
5:15-7:00 Cocktail Party @ Steve Quick Jeweler: 1909 W Division St.