The Jewelry Development Impact index (JDI) will be 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 has been spearheaded by Elizabeth Orlando, Office of Threat Finance Countermeasures at the US Department of State and Patricia Syvrud, immediate past Executive Director of the World Diamond Council.
Created within the framework of the UN Indicators of Human Security, the JDI will be 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 is planned for January 2020 and will serve as the launch of the MMS program. In the meantime, the methodology is a work in progress as different groups of academic researchers develop the index. There will be a public commentary time before the JDI methodology is finalized. Ms. Syvrud has joined the staff of UD as Program Development Manager for Minerals, Materials and Society and Ms. Orlando continues as Special Advisor to the project.
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: Colombia and Zambia