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CIBJO Document for UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG)


CIBJO, The World Jewellery Confederation, is the international association that unites national jewellery trade organizations under one umbrella. In 2006 CIBJO became the first and only body in the jewellery sector to receive official consultative status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations. This status enables it to make a contribution to the UN’s missions, while acknowledging its continuing commitment to the implementation of the UN’s vision through its own activities.

The theme of CIBJO’s annual congress in 2007, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa, was developed to reflect its relationship with ECOSOC and the UN. The theme of the congress was expressed as: “Delivering a responsible and sustainable global jewellery industry.”


In this spirit, the CIBJO membership reaffirms the following:

  1. CIBJO is committed to the 2007 ECOSOC high segment theme aiming at “strengthening efforts to eradicate poverty and hunger through a global partnership for development,” considering it a blueprint for the industry.

  2. CIBJO’s recognition of the fact that the jewellery industry, as a member of the international business community, shares a responsibility toward the greater society in seeking practical solutions towards the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, as well as to developing a global partnership for development.

  3. CIBJO believes that the international jewellery industry can play a key role in promoting social corporate responsibility, by seeking to develop programmes that promote productive employment, a decent work environment and sustainable development.

  4. CIBJO’s agreement to advise its members about its endeavours to deliver a sustainable industry in accordance with the United Nations agenda, and support their efforts to further this aim.

  5. CIBJO’s readiness to encourage its members to monitor the progress of their projects that aim to delivering a sustainable industry, and to report their experience and outcomes during the next and future CIBJO Congresses.

  6. CIBJO’s recognition of the importance of the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol as part as of its commitment to collaborate in the promotion of sustainable development.

CIBJO’s intention is not simply declarative, but it already has and will continue in the future to undertake projects that support the eight Millennium Development Goals, as expressed by the UN General Assembly in its United Nations Millennium Declaration (Resolution A/res/55/2). These projects have been and will be carried out by CIBJO’s member associations in the different countries.

Examples of projects undertaken by the CIBJO membership that support the Millennium

Development Goals include:

  • The implementation of the CIBJO Code of Ethics ( by the different national associations in the various member countries. Recent examples include associations in Switzerland and the United States.

  • Related to the above is the promotion of the issuing of warranties and guarantees on invoices, as part of the commitment undertaken by CIBJO’s Associate Member, the World Diamond Council (WDC). This is in addition to all other steps implemented as part of the Kimberley Process.

  • The intervention and the ongoing support by CIBJO to a regional NGO in Hong Kong, with the intention of enforcing international labour standards and the relevant regulations that will prevent the onset of silicosis among workers in jewellery production plants, and the awarding of adequate compensation to workers who have contracted silicosis.

  • The development of programmes with stakeholders in mining countries like South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, by which employers act to support the health and wellbeing of their employees, especially through the prevention of HIV-AIDS, and through the care of employees afflicted with the disease. Such programmes have been implemented in association with companies such as De Beers, which is affiliated to CIBJO through its Associate Member, the Diamond Trading Company (DTC). Through this relationship, CIBJO has been involved in the creation of several kindergartens in Botswana.

  • Support in the development of education and skills training courses and programmes for mining, as well as the jewellery, diamonds and gemstone industry and trade. Knowledgeable and qualified workers are essential to promote the establishment and growth of our industry in developing countries. An example of such activity was the recent establishment in Dubai of a jewellery school that is training students from Tanzania, Mozambique and the Arabian Gulf.