CIBJO head urges China to promote safe mining practices

The president of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, told leaders of the Chinese silver industry that they should work harder to voice its determination that the production of silver does not involve forced, slave, or child labor; will not cause any safety or health hazards to miners or others who are involved in the production process or live in the immediate surroundings; and will not be harmful or have long-term effects on the environment.

CIBJO president Gaetano Cavalieri said that such statements were currently missing on the Web site of The Silver Institute, the leading, non-profit international association that draws its membership from across the entire silver industry. Cavalieri made his remarks during the speech at the Fourth Annual China International Silver Conference that was held from Oct. 18-21, in Lijiang, in the Yunnan Province.

Cavalieri said he used the example of the Web site to demonstrate how one can respond to the growing demand by consumers that companies make a real effort to meet their social and corporate responsibilities and prove that they are doing so. “Only thus will jewelry companies, including those in the silver trade, be able to make their products desirable to the consuming public,” he told the audience.

CISC is an event hosted by The Silver Institute and four key organizations in the Chinese silver industry: The China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters, the Gemological Association of China, the China General Chamber of Commerce, and the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association. Since 2002, CISC has been held in Inner Mongolia, Shan Dong Province and Hu Nan Province, respectively. It has attracted attention from a variety of key players in the world’s silver industry, ranging from government bodies, refiners, silver manufacturers, financial institutions, mining companies and traders.