The Coloured Gemstones Working Group
Three years ago, a unique alliance between eight of the world’s leading luxury jewellery brands and large-scale mining companies was forged. Richemont, Kering, Gemfields, LVMH, Muzo Companies, Tiffany and Co., and Swarovski together comprise The Coloured Gemstones Working Group (CGWG).
The CGWG is united by a deep commitment to catalyse positive change in the responsible sourcing of coloured gemstones. The first step towards achieving this goal was to gain a thorough understanding of the many and complex issues and risks within the supply chain, along with the opportunities for progressive social and environmental impact.
The Dragonfly Initiative was engaged to manage the group from the outset and continues to design and execute the technical work plan.
Members of the CGWG have dedicated the time and resources of senior and specialist staff to work towards achieving a more accountable and transparent industry. The result is the collaborative development of robust and practical due diligence tools, compliance and transparency initiatives, frameworks and guidance.
The content on this portal has been developed by The Dragonfly Initiative on behalf of the CGWG.
The Work of the CGWG
From day one, the CGWG recognised the need for practical guidance and management tools on best practices in the industry to facilitate the continuous improvement of businesses of all sizes and at all tiers in the gemstone supply chain. To that end we have developed and continue to improve the following instruments designed to enable better practices and reduce adverse impacts in the coloured gemstone supply chain:
- A framework and guidance for environmental, health and safety, business integrity and social best practices for the coloured gemstone supply chain from producer to retail, including artisanal and small enterprises in the mining and cutting and polishing industries;
- The CGWG Responsible Sourcing Tool (due diligence assessment) for the industry applicable to different tiers in the supply chain and for all business activities.
- Training materials for businesses to better understand sustainability issues both within the coloured gemstone industry and their own organisations, and to enable confident use of the tools developed by the CGWG.
Related Resources for Download
- For more information about the CGWG, please download this: Introduction to the CGWG
- Gems and Jewellery magazine’s Action on Ethics Gems & Jewellery Article: ACTION ON ETHICS article featuring the CGWG first appeared in the Winter 2017 edition and is reproduced here by kind permission of Gem-A
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To learn more about the CGWG and its work to drive sustainability in the jewellery sector, reach out via email to:
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).