The Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform is committed to a transparent, responsible and vibrant jewellery industry.
The Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform is an initiative founded by the Coloured Gemstones Working Group to provide all members of the gemstone and jewellery industry with free tools and resources to be more responsible in all that they do, including the sourcing of coloured gemstones.
Gemstones and precious metals are produced in over 50 countries worldwide - with much of these resources being mined by artisanal and small-scale miners. The cutting and polishing industry employs small and family-run businesses. Our industry plays a vital economic role in many developing countries and supports millions of people worldwide.
To protect the traditions, crafts and livelihoods of these communities, we need to improve industry standards of corporate accountability, labour practices, environmental protection and governance.
It is time for a collective effort from the businesses and communities that rely on and work in this industry to harness business as a force for change - to build a path together to a more just, balanced and sustainable world.
The Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform has been designed with this in mind - to help organisations in the gemstone and jewellery industry identify, avoid or manage adverse impacts and continually improve their performance over time.
Community: We recognise that we are part of a larger community, and we measure our success against how we benefit the industry as a whole.
Diversity: We strive to show deep respect for the many different people, types of organisations and institutions that work within our community, from sole traders to multi-nationals, trade organisations and government agencies.
Inclusivity: We work together to achieve solutions to tough challenges both inside and outside our own organisations and in society at large.
Accessibility: We make the outputs of our collective work freely available to the members of our community and strive to do so in ways that are easy to understand, use and disseminate.
Continuous improvement: We do not expect perfection from day one, but we are committed to improving our performance, and that of our community members and industry, one step at a time.
Transparency: We are open about our plans, successes and setbacks; our organisation and partners; and, the means by which we support our work.
The Founding Members
The group behind this platform, The Coloured Gemstone Working Group (CGWG), unites luxury brands and mining companies with a common interest in catalysing positive change in the responsible sourcing of coloured gemstones.
In 2015, Tiffany & Co., Swarovski, Richemont, LVMH, Kering and Gemfields formed the CGWG. The Muzo Companies joined in 2017, Chopard in 2019 and Audemars Piguet in 2022.
The CGWG aims to help businesses in the gemstones and jewellery supply chains be more sustainable, and make responsible sourcing part of the way they work.
Disclaimer: The CGWG members’ activities are undertaken with an understanding of the importance of compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including but not limited to laws and regulations relating to antitrust and competition. The CGWG members undertake at all times to act in accordance with, and strictly adhere to, the letter and the spirit of all applicable national and international antitrust and competition laws and regulations (Antitrust Laws).
The CGWG Members
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The information, tools and resources have been developed by TDi Sustainability on behalf of the CGWG. They are provided free to all businesses, big and small, in the gemstone and jewellery supply chain.
TDi Sustainability is a firm that advises, audits and creates tailored sustainability strategies and solutions for businesses across the length and breadth of the minerals, metals and jewellery supply chains. This expertise, which includes; responsible sourcing, sustainable production, risk management, due diligence and auditing, make TDi the perfect partner to manage the CGWG and develop the learning materials and tools for the Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform.