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WJI 2030 Hosts C-Suite Panel at Watches & Wonders 2024

On the 10th of April, WJI 2030 held a C-Driven panel at Watches and Wonders and announced the launch of its second annual Stakeholder Report – Report on Progress 2023 – 2024.

Under the moderation of Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director & Secretary General of WJI 2030, an esteemed C-Suite panel of executives took the stage on the topic “Up to 2030: Why Collective Action Matters.” The panel included Cyrille Vigneron, President & CEO of Cartier; Dr Anino Emuwa , Founder of 100 Women @ Davos; Frederic Grangie, CEO of CHANEL Watches & Jewellery; and Dr. Daniel Klier, Advisor to the ESG Committee at WJI 2030.

Over the past year, we’ve continued to strengthen our engagement with key stakeholders while embarking on a journey dedicated to action, collaboration, impact, and transparency. The Stakeholder Report showcases collective progress of the Initiative and our Members in accelerating the pathway on the three strategic pillars – climate resilience, preserving resources and fostering inclusiveness.

Key takeaways from this morning’s panel are that:

  • We need to work together to protect the environment and advocate for social justice. This is an obligation. Collective action is mandatory, there is no other way.
  • We are in an industry that makes beautiful creations that are meant to last forever. This cannot be about only the big players but making sure the big brands can come together and support the smaller company players. We need to measure and KPIs are critical.
    • There is currently a competition for talent. The worlds diverse talent needs to be tapped into. Youth demo is becoming more important in this industry. It’s not only the right thing to do, the numbers show it. Diverse leadership brings better decision making and innovation. Culture matters.
  • We need accountability. Transparency matters, and it’s a journey. Reporting is not about storytelling. It is about collecting relevant data to show progress over time in an honest way. It’s about being fit for purpose in an ever-evolving regulatory landscape. Reporting accomplishes the following: it levels the playing field, creates consistency, and increases pace.
  • We see great progress with large companies leading the way as they have the capacity to do so. But to reach our collective goals by 2030 we need to bring suppliers onboard. It is about educating and building capacity across the value chain.

As we acknowledge the milestones, we’ve collectively made this year, we remain humble and are committed to support our members on the implementation of the minimum commitments. All the tools and materials we are building will ultimately become open source for the wider industry.