European Commissioner for Justice, M. Didier Reynders meets with WJI 2030, to Discuss Corporate Sustainability and Global Value Chains

Paris, May 2023 – Cyrille Vigneron, CEO, Cartier, Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability and Institutional Affairs Officer, Kering, and Iris Maria Alexis Van der Veken, Executive Director and Secretary General, WJI 2030 had the honor of welcoming M. Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice, to Kering’s Headquarters in Paris. This meeting, held in the context of the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030, focused on the collaboration between the European Commission and the private sector to advance corporate sustainability due diligence, human rights, and environmental practices within global value chains.

The discussion centered on the mutual commitment to promoting responsible practices across the fashion and luxury sectors. The European Commission and members of the Watch & Jewellery Initiative are working together to develop a pilot project that will drive progress in corporate sustainability due diligence. This project aims to enhance the implementation of human rights and environmental standards throughout the industry.

As a strong advocate for collective action, WJI 2030 firmly believes that collaboration between public and private sectors is instrumental in achieving sustainable and impactful results. They are committed to working in partnership with government entities, industry peers, and stakeholders to address complex challenges and drive positive change.

” We are on a journey with our members to dive deep into this key topic. Education and practical guidance is key to bring all players along. At the heart is trust- trust as a company, trust for our employees, trust to our consumers who deserve integrity at all stages of the supply chain,” states Iris Van der Veken, “We are excited to start the development of our pilot. Didier Reynders, you have our full commitment and we look forward to our continued discussions.”

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About the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030

Driven by a common conviction that the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aspirations for a sustainable industry can only be achieved through collaborative efforts, the Watch and Jewellery Initiative 2030 has been launched by Cartier and Kering.

The Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030, Member of the Global Compact and signatory of the Women Empowerment Principles is a global initiative open to all Watch and Jewellery players with a national or international footprint committed to a common core of key sustainability goals in three areas: building climate resilience, preserving resources, and fostering inclusiveness.

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