Note: For the past several years, Greg Valerio and I have worked on a strictly volunteer basis to develop Fair Jewelry Action. Now, we are fortunate to be joined by Ian Doyle, who will assist and strengthen our efforts. Marc Choyt, FJA USA
Grenoble, France June 10, 2013. Ian Doyle has formally accepted the role of Head of Strategic Development at Fair Jewelry Action (FJA), an environmental and human rights network promoting change in the jewelry sector.
Doyle’s role will build upon the work started by jeweler activists Greg Valerio and Marc Choyt the co-founders of FJA. In conjunction with its stakeholders, he will focus on the development of FJA’s long-term vision to address how the jewelry industry can be an agent of social transformation in areas related to human rights and the environment. His responsibilities will also include developing FJA’s communications and funding strategies, supporting campaigns and providing input on project and research development.
“Ian’s report, Uplifting the Earth, demonstrates a deep understanding of the jewelry industry,” said Marc Choyt, co-founder of FJA and President of the Reflective Images Inc., a designer wedding ring company. “He has a vision for social transformation and believes that the symbolism of jewelry can be enlarged to tell a new narrative — one based upon beauty, social justice and environmental responsibility.”
Ian draws on his experience working as a CSR consultant with Lifeworth and his role teaching business ethics at Grenoble Ecole de Management. He has previously been an external expert in the DeBeers Multi-Stakeholder Forum and he has presented to the jewelry industry on an opportunities approach to CSR. His on-the-ground experience includes working with mining companies to develop the IDAK platform in Katanga, DRC. As a volunteer, he has worked with a women’s association in Burkina Faso and prior to leaving Australia, he worked with the homeless in Sydney for over three years. He is married to Brigitte and they have a daughter Maeva. They live in Grenoble, France.
Fair Jewelry Action promotes ethical and fair trade jewelry business by advocating traceability and transparency in the jewelry supply chain. FJA’s objective is to direct more of the economic contribution of the jewelry sector toward regenerating local economies in small-scale artisan producer communities, as well as supporting their cultural integrity and assuring environmental sustainability.