UL's Consumer and Retail Services Division Presents
An Overview of Responsible Sourcing Within the Global Jewelry Industry and
What Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Certification Entails for Small, Independent Retailers
You're invited to join Ainsley Butler, UL Advisory Services Team, Responsible Sourcing and Program Management, and Marla Hedworth, G.G., UL Business Development and Innovations Team, as they provide an overview of what Responsible Sourcing means within the jewelry industry.
They'll provide a history; insight into the current landscape of responsible sourcing, including industry initiatives and certification frameworks, such as, The Kimberly Process and The Responsible Jewelry Council, and current best practices.
In this webinar, the UL team will focus on the Responsible Jewellery Council certification, how to become a certified member, what the process actually entails, and easy steps that small independent retailers can take today towards your journey of becoming a “responsible” member of the jewelry community.
Katherine Bodoh, RJ, CEO of the American Gem Society (AGS), will join the UL team following the presentation to discuss some of the key takeaways and learnings from when AGS became an RJC Member, their certification process and what Responsible Sourcing means to the AGS.
About the presenters:
Ainsley Butler is part of UL’s Advisory Services team, with a focus on responsible sourcing and program management. She is also technical lead for jewelry and conflict minerals. Since 2005, she has led the implementation of several economic development and local content programs, including development of the first standard to improve production and socio-economic conditions of artisanal diamond mining while at the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI).
Ainsley joined the Responsible Jewellery Council’s Standards Committee in April 2015 and is currently co-chair and a member of the Executive Committee. Ainsley is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, was a visiting graduate fellow at New York University, and holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree from Carleton University.
Marla Hedworth, G.G., is a part of UL’s Business Development and Innovations Team with a focus on UL’s services for the Jewelry, Precious Metals and Gemological Industries. She brings over sixteen years of professional experience within the jewelry industry including sales, operations, gemology, manufacturing and technical production with companies such as the North American Watch Company, Lux Bond & Green and jewelry designers such as Alex Sepkus and Paul Morelli.
In Marla’s current role, she develops UL’s strategy for global growth in testing, inspection, and responsible sourcing services, including key account management, new product development, sales support, management of industry associations, collaboration with and coordination of the current expertise within UL to benefit growth plans, and establishing UL as a premiere partner to the jewelry industry. Marla earned her Graduate Gemologist title from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in residence at the New York Campus and has a business degree from Johnson and Wales University in Providence Rhode Island.
UL solves the safety, security and sustainability challenges of the 21st century. UL empower trust and enable the safe adoption of innovation. Around the world, UL employees share a common passion for UL’s public mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL tests, inspects, audits, certifies, verifies claims, advises and trains as well as provides software solutions. Our public charity, the UL Institute, conducts independent research, community outreach, standards development and safety education. To learn more, please visit UL.com/crs.