The Jewelry Development Impact index (JDI) is a signature evaluative project of Minerals, Materials and Society (MMS). Launched from group discussions at a Jewelry Industry Summit in February 2017, the JDI project was spearheaded by Elizabeth Orlando, Foreign Service Officer in the Office of Threat Finance Countermeasures at the US Department of State and Patricia Syvrud, immediate past Executive Director of the World Diamond Council and current program manager for the University of Delaware’s Minerals, Materials and Society program. The JDI is now partnering with the US Department of Labor’s Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking; Bureau of International Labor Affairs to further the work of the JDI.
Created within the framework of the UN Indicators of Human Security, the JDI is a relative and comparative country score that will measure and indicate the degree to which the jewelry and gemstone industries impact the economic and social well-being of the countries in which they function.
The inaugural publication of the JDI draft methodology is planned for the first half of 2020. The methodology is a work in progress with assistance from academic researchers at American University (AU) and the University of Delaware. Masters students at AU’s School of International Service have been conducting country comparison case studies to inform the methodology of the JDI since Fall 2017 (See below). The methodology is also being developed with the input of Assistant Professor Kalim Shah at UD’s Biden School of Public Policy and Administration. There will be a public commentary time before the JDI methodology is finalized.
A JDI Advisory Committee is under development and has received interest and commitments for participation from the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the World Bank, the Responsible Mining Index, and multiple academic and industry stakeholders.
A Jewelry Development Impact index methodology workshop was held in September, 2018 and included UD faculty, energy and extractives and jewelry industry representatives, government and NGO stakeholders.
JDI RESEARCH RESULTS
Photo Credit: Larkin, Jason (Photographer) 2014 Platinum Mine in Rustenburg. Copyright of Jason Larkin from album “Tremors Below”
JEWELRY DEVELOPMENT IMPACT INDEX: Brazil and Tanzania
JEWELRY DEVELOPMENT IMPACT INDEX STUDY: A Comparative Case Study of Amethyst in Brazil and Tanzanite in Tanzania