Corporate Social Responsibility strategy in the gemstone and jewelry sectors came under focus at a seminar held at the VICENZAORO January show in Vicenza, Italy. The seminar was part of CIBJO's and Fiera di Vicenza's joint program to promote CSR education in the jewelry sector, and also was supported by Gemfields PLC, the world's largest colored gemstone mining company. The basic premise of the seminar was that in the current business environment, CSR no longer is a practice that one chooses to follow or not. It has become a required component of every company and organization in the industry, which individually must be able to describe its approach and, if possible, quantify it. There was a special focus on the colored gemstone sector, with three of the speakers from that industry.
The panel of speakers included Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO, Corrado Facco, Managing Director of Fiera di Vicenza and President of CIBJO's International Trade Fair Commission, Eduardo Escobedo, Executive Director of the Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform (RESP), Ian Harebottle, CEO of GemFields PLC, Dr Donald Feaver, Chief Technical Officer of Branded Trust Assurance Systems, and Paolo Cesari, President of Assogemme, the Italian Association Precious Gemstones and Related Material.