The Canadian Jewellers Association has pledged $10,000 to a new education fund set up by CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, in cooperation with the United Nations. The aim of the fund is to promote projects in which the jewelry businesses serve as a facilitator for sustainable economic and social development.
Notice of the decision by the board of directors of the Canadian Jewellers Association to make the donation was made by
Morris Robinson, CJA chairman, said it is not only a tangible indication of CJA’s support for CIBJO and its program, but also of the Canadian jewelry industry’s strong belief in the principles of corporate responsibility and in the ideal that the jewelry industry can act as a positive force in disadvantaged regions of the world.
“The Canadian Jewellers Association has once again demonstrated its sense of commitment to our industry and to the communities in which we operate,” said Cavalieri Gaetano Cavalieri, CIBJO president. “CJA is essentially investing in all of our futures, for in the modern business environment our success as industry will depend not only getting our goods to the market, but also in showing that we are contributing positively to the wellbeing of the regions in which we are active.”
The CIBJO Education Fund was created in November, 2007, at a special session of the CIBJO Executive Committee, which took place at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, along with the UN Development Program and the UN’s Economic and Social Council, of which CIBJO has been a member since 2006. The organizations agreed to coordinate and support educational programs that will advance sustainable jewelry industry projects.