Continental Breakfast and Networking
Opening and Welcome
Keynote Dax Lovegrove will present the sustainability challenges facing businesses and jewelry companies, and share the approach to sustainability at Swarovski.
Global Mining, Deforestation & Animal Extinction: How and Where Mining Contributes to Forest Loss and a Model on Forest Secure Mining Communities.
The leading authority in silicosis and tuberculosis across the mining and cutting sectors talks about public health impacts of the jewelry supply chain.
Better Without Mercury. Why even small companies can both contribute and benefit from custom projects. A case study exploring the environmental clean up of a small gold mine in Colombia, owned by Rolberto Alvarez.
Do you know your Legal Obligations in the Jewelry Industry? Reporting Suspicious Activity, Know your Refinery, Anti Money Laundering. The US Government wants you to be a partner in having a clean global supply chain.
Just Gold: How conflict free gold, exported from the Democratic Republic of Congo, addresses UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Shadow of Gold: A Global Investigation of the Ultimate Talisman of Wealth, Beauty, and Power.
Risks in the Gold Supply Chain Including Illicit Gold: What and Where are the Issues, How Can We Stop its Flow, and How to Source Responsible Gold. This panel will observe Chatham House Rules
Champagne, Cake, Networking! This evening's cocktail party will be the grand celebration of the launch of Moyo Gems - a Mine-to-Market initiative that had its beginnings in the networking of the CRJC 2017.
Continental Breakfast and Networking
An introduction of the So Fresh + So Clean competition by Ethical Metalsmiths students.
Jewelry Designer Panel. How Responsibility Became a Passion.
What Makes a Sustainable Pearl Farm? One of the founding partners of Perlas del Mar de Cortez shares their philosophy and core sustainability practices.
Human Responsibilities in the Jewelry Industry. Jo Becker will discuss human rights responsibilities for jewelry industry, and will have a discussion about gem cutters in Khambhat with Jagdish Patel.
Jewelry Glossary Project.
Workshop to Design an Online Marketplace for Rough Stones.
Building Mine to Market Strategies that Work. An essential part of bringing fair trade opportunity to ASMs is creating economic models. This session will focus on mining co-ops, and how single source models are furthering transparency and responsibility in gems and gold.
Diamonds for Peace. Building a NGO in Liberia where diamonds are mined, cut and processes with humanitarian and environmental considerations
Why do two chiefs from the Brazilian Amazon want to speak to the jewelry industry? Why do their land rights matter for the preservation of the Amazon forest? Hear what they have to say in this session.
Each year, the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference brings an exciting panel of speakers that represent mines, countries, and industry sectors from around the world. One of the primary goals of the CRJC is to give all members of the jewelry supply chain a seat at the table. We think you'll agree that the 2019 lineup does just that!
The Shadow of Gold takes an unflinching look at how the world's favorite heavy metal is extracted from the earth. The film explores both sides of the industry: the big-time mining companies that dig deep and lop off mountaintops to extract gold from low-grade ore, and the small-time miners – an estimated 20 million people in the world's poorest nations – who extract gold by hand, often producing just enough to survive.
The film reveals that glittering gold has a dark shadow. But it doesn't leave it there. We engage with engineers, scientists, and Fair-Trade advocates who work with miners to tackle gold's worst environmental and social problems. In an industrial-scale mine, we see new technology that replaces cyanide-based processing with a biological process that leaves no toxic waste. We watch small-scale miners benefit from technology that replaces mercury with an environmentally friendly process that actually produces more gold. We meet Fair Trade jewelers who have created their own self-managed, transparent supply chain that ensures consumers know exactly where their gold comes from.
The Shadow of Gold is written by Allen Booth and Denis Delestrac, and produced by Robert Lang,The Shadow of Gold is written by Allen Booth and Denis Delestrac, and produced by Robert Lang,Kensington Communications (Canada) and Sally Blake, Films à Cinq and CAPA (France), in associationwith TVO, Canal D, Knowledge Network (Canada) and ARTE (France and Germany), SVT (Sweden) andNRK (Norway).