Ainsley Butler
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Ainsley ButlerAs Responsible Sourcing Program Manager at UL, Ainsley Butler provides advisory services to clients from various industries in the areas of social accountability, supply chain risk, raw materials traceability, and capacity building. As the technical lead within UL’s advisory services team for the jewelry industry and conflict minerals, Ainsley works closely with UL’s clients within the jewelry, precious metals and gemological sectors along with various industry stakeholders and partners to develop customized, innovative solutions within supply chain responsibility.

Prior to joining UL, Ainsley led the implementation of several economic development, local content and rights-based programs in fragile and conflict-affected states, including the creation of the first standard to improve the socio-economic conditions of artisanal diamond mining while at the Diamond Development Initiative. She has conducted economic impact research for the OECD, the World Bank, the United Nations, NATO, the Governments of Afghanistan, Canada, Germany, UK and the US State Department and participated as an official observer at the Kimberley Process.

Ainsley is an Executive Committee Member and Co-Chair of the Standards Committee for the Responsible Jewellery Council and Board Member for the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-Ottawa). Ainsley speaks French and English. She 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.


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The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

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