As the world's first gemological laboratory to commit to carbon neutrality, IGI is dedicated to uniting the industry through proactive environmental stewardship. Jewelers On A Mission is our continuing campaign - dedicated to highlighting leaders in the sustainability movement and sharing tactical actions we can take at every step in the supply chain, from sourcing to the end consumner.

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IGI’s carbon neutral commitment

IGI is on schedule to achieve carbon neutrality in 2022 through a partnership with SCS. Since 1984 SCS has been advancing sustainable development goals across multiple sectors through auditing, testing, certification and developing leadership standards to create a framework for continuous improvement. As the first gemological institute to make this commitment, IGI joins the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC), International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) and Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) in an association with SCS Global Services.

What does carbon neutral mean?

As defined by SCS, carbon neutral operations cause no net increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the atmosphere. Where emissions continue, they must be offset by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere, for example through carbon capture and reforestation that are supported by carbon offset schemes. Carbon Neutral status can be achieved by any organization, product or event that can demonstrate that there has been no net increase in GHG emissions, either by verified reduction in GHG emissions, through the purchase of quantified and verified carbon offsets, or a combination of both.

Can my business become carbon neutral?

Yes. From establishing robust metrics through environmental impact analyses and carbon footprints, to setting ambitious goals and sustainability strategies, to reporting out progress to stakeholders and investors, SCS' consultants serve as thought partners to deliver innovative tools and solutions customized to business needs. Whether you're a start-up, mid-stage or well-established leader in an industry, and regardless of your ESG or sustainability experience, SCS works with you as both a trusted partner of your team anda collaborative innovator to help you drive better business decisions that also support a thriving planet.

'SCS is sincere, savvy and science-based and really helps take you where you want to go. We partnered with SCS because we want fo be an industry leader in environmental stewardship and they are the best in the business. ' - Avi Levy, IGI
'We are delighted that IGI has joined the sustainability movement and applaud the Jewelers On A Mission initiative. As the first gemological laboratory to commit to carbon neutrality we hope IGI’s proactive example inspires others to action.' - Josephine Silla-Afuwape

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The way forward is together. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions about ‘our sustainability journey and the opportunity fo join the sustainability movement.

Contact Susan Baughman: sustainability@igi.org

Why is this important?

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Good for the Planet

A study found that just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions. Now is the time for businesses to become part of the solution, cut down on emissions and waste, and contribute to cultivating a livable planet. The good news is that businesses can make a major impact and account for 60% of emissions cuts by 2030, as per the Paris Climate Accord.

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Good for your Bottom Line

For audiences in the millennial demographic, it’s crucial for brand managers to demonstrate that they align on social issues. For these young consumers, 83% want companies to align with their values and 76% want CEOs to speak out on issues they care about. That’s according to 5WPR’s 2020 Consumer Culture Report.

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Good for the Industry

The world is evolving rapidly. Social impact is the new normal. Our industry must continue to engage and improve in human, animal and environmental stewardship. Every business has the power to minimize its impact on the environment. Proactively pursuing sustainable practices adds sparkle to every item our industry sources, supplies and sells.

Think Globally, Act Locally

Both science and the market have spoken. Everyone agrees that companies need to become stewards of the Earth. Why? It’s good for the planet and your business.

Find out why this is important and what you can do in your business and community starting today.

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