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  • From left: Iris Van der Veken, WJI 2030 executive director and secretary general; Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO; and Johanna Levy, GIA vice president of environmental, sustainability and governance programmes. (Photo courtesy: GIA)

GIA Joins Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030


The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) joined the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030 (WJI 2030) as part of the Institutes ongoing commitment to collaborative efforts to advance sustainability in its operations and activities, and throughout the global gemstone, jewellery and watch industry.


Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO said: “GIA is very proud to support the ambitious goals and aspirations of WJI 2030 as an extension of our commitment to a more sustainable future for the world, our industry and our institute. We look forward to bringing our expertise, resources and focus on protecting consumers to support this important new initiative”


The co-chairs of WIJ 2030, Cyrille Vigneron, president and CEO of Cartier International, and Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability and institutional affairs officer of Kering, shared: We welcome GIA to WJI 2030 as the first gemmological research, education and laboratory organisation to join. WJI 2030 wants to grow naturally through purpose-driven leadership. The institute, with its expertise and mindset for positive change, will bring great added value to building a strong, inclusive and impactful framework for our initiative.”


GIA has been executing its practices to make them more sustainable. In June 2022, the institute announced that all its paper reports will be converted into digital by 2025, which will save 20 tons of paper and 18.5 tons of plastic per year.




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