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Joanne Lebert, Executive Director of IMPACT, will moderate this panel, discussing the challenges faced when trying to source responsible diamonds at this time. Her panelists all play important roles in trying to improve diamond supply chains, and face many systemic barriers to achieving their objectives. The more we as an industry understand these issues, the better we can help advocate for change.
In October of 2020, the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference held a symposium: Human Rights in the Diamond Supply Chain, Beyond the Kimberly Process Definition of Conflict. The symposium explored problems that still exist in large scale diamond mining, and with the diamonds that come through those supply chains. The symposium left us with questions that we wish to address in this panel: What path do diamonds take from mine to market and how can we have a transparent supply chain? How can the jewelry community engage to help improve the environmental and human rights problems which still exist? What can we do to have assurances that our diamonds are ok? These are some of the issues that will be discussed during this important panel.
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