The Coloured Gemstones Working Group (CGWG) has announced the launch of the Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform.
The platform, developed by sustainability consulting firm TDI Sustainability together with the CGWG, is an open and available resource centre for the entire gemstone and jewellery industry.
The platform is freely available to all companies who are part of the gemstone and jewellery industry, from mining through to cutting and polishing, trading and retailing.
Centred around 10 sustainability commitments for responsible sourcing and production, it provides free learning resources and capability building, which businesses can use to learn more about a range of sustainability topics relevant for the coloured gemstone sector.
It also features a community section, with the goal to promote collaboration between businesses and their suppliers, customers and other partners, through the sharing of information and continuous engagement.
The CGWG has been collaborating with the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) as well as other partners such as GemCloud, in an effort to contribute to responsible sourcing and production expectations.
Dr. Assheton Stewart Carter, CEO of TDI Sustainability, the advisory firm that provides technical support to the CGWG, said: “Our objective is to democratise sustainability, so it is accessible to even the smallest businesses and the individual crafts person.
“By providing access to knowledge, we can take a step towards transforming the lives and livelihoods of people working across the coloured gemstone supply chain.”