Social Issues Covered at JCK Panels

Social issues and sustainability will be the subject of
several discussions at the upcoming JCK Las Vegas Show:

– The World Diamond Council is sponsoring a panel
presentation, “Diamond Dialogue:
The Challenges of a Robust Kimberly Process
,” which will take place on
Thursday, June 2, 1:30 P.M.-2:45 P.M., in the Tradewinds AB room at the
Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Among the panel members is Dr. Benjamin Chavis, a civil
rights leader and chairman of the governing board of the Diamond Empowerment Fund; Eli
Izhakoff, president and CEO of the World
Diamond Council
; Susan Jacques, president and CEO Borsheims; Matt Runci, president and CEO of
Jewelers of America and chairman of the board
of the Responsible Jewelry Council;
Nadim Kara, campaign director, natural resources of Partnership Africa Canada; and Brad
Brooks-Rubin, conflict diamond negotiator at the U.S. State Department. The
panel will be moderated by Cecilia Gardner, president and CEO of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee and general counsel
of the World Diamond Council.

– Diamond miner Rio
Tinto
, which is exhibiting at the JCK Luxury show for the first time ever,
will share its research on sustainability in a panel discussion on “The Real Value of Sustainability,” Friday, June 3, 9:45 a.m. – 11:00am,
Tradewinds Ballroom at the AB Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

The panel will
feature Sean Murray, Fred Meyer Jewelers’ sustainable supply chain specialist;
Alexandra Hart, goldsmith and jewelry designer; Cecilia L. Gardner, Esq., president,
CEO and general counsel, Jewelers Vigilance Committee.

– On Sunday June 5, Martin Rapaport, chairman of the Rapaport Group, will begin his annual “State of the Diamond Industry
presentation at 8:30 a.m. at the Banyan Ballroom at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

It will be followed at the same venue and date by “The Diamond Certification Round Table,”
from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30, a.m., and the “Rapaport
Fair Trade Jewelry Conference
,” from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., which will
include a panel discussion and open debate about the rapidly expanding market
for socially responsible jewelry.  

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