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The Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030 appoints new industry and independent Board Members

Geneva, NY, 25th April, 2023 – The Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030 (WJI 2030) announced today seven new Board Member appointments.

Since its foundation, the Watch & Jewellery Initiative has been working diligently on a  robust governance framework. Over the past  six months, the organisation has launched a rigorous multi-stakeholder consultation with members, non-members, civil society, the academic world, financial institutions, policy makers and various key industry and non-industry stakeholders.

The members of the Board of Directors, the governing body, are proven C-suite leaders who will guide the Executive Director and Management, to ensure the continued integrity of people and processes, oversee risk management, and position the initiative to deliver on its purpose.

Alongside current Board Members, and Board Co-Chairs, Cyrille Vigneron (President and CEO, Cartier) and Marie-Claire Daveu (Chief Sustainability & Institutional Affairs Officer, Kering), the seven new Board members will guide the WJI 2030 and ensure continued integrity in the way they operate.

WJI 2030 is pleased to welcome:

  • Dr. Anino Emuwa, Managing Director, Avandis Consulting, and Founder of 100 Women @ Davos
  • Mr. Georg Kell, Chairman, Arabesque and Founder, United Nations Global Compact
  • Mr. Raj Mehta, Director, Rosy Blue NV
  • Ms. Licia Mattioli, CEO, Mattioli SpA
  • Mr. Frédéric Grangié, President, CHANEL Watches & Fine Jewellery
  • Ms. Bernadette Pinet-Cuoq, Executive President, UFBJOP
  • Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri, President, CIBJO

The WJI 2030 values the voice of civil society and is working on the appointment of another Board Member representing Civil Society, to be appointed soon.

Different advisory committees are now being populated, following a call for interest, with subject-matter experts to advise the Board. A CEO Forum has also been launched and the first edition will take place in Paris on the 13th of June – “CEO Leadership in the Age of Trust and Transparency.

Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO, Cartier SA,  and Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability & Institutional Affairs Officer, Kering, share: “We feel very privileged to have such an esteemed Board take on this role at such an exciting time for the global watch & jewellery industry — the needs of consumers, employees, regulators, and other stakeholders are changing rapidly. We have a huge responsibility and opportunity to act in an impactful  and innovative way, which will benefit all industry stakeholders and society at large.” 

Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director & Secretary General of the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2023 adds, “This is another key milestone for us. I am honored to work together with this inspiring Board. The diverse make-up of our Board reflects the importance of its work. Its members have extensive industry expertise, policy track record, ESG global leadership , change and governance experience and knowledge of the current state of the industry. All of them bring a legacy of integrity and commitment to deliver measurable impact to the 2030 agenda.”

For more information on our Board Members, Governance Framework, and Governing Policies, please visit our Governance Page.

About the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030

Cartier, delegated by Richemont, and Kering launched the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030  driven by a common conviction that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aspirations for a sustainable industry can only be achieved through collaborative initiatives. The global initiative is open to all watch and jewellery players with a national or international footprint. It is committed to a common core of key sustainability goals in three areas: building climate resilience, preserving resources, and fostering inclusiveness. The association is based in Maison de La Paix in Geneva. For more information, visit our website

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