Miranda Simmiss, product specialist and gemologist at Everledger, explains how provenance tracking is empowering female gemstone miners in Africa to gain a fairer deal.
Global total waste is on course to grow 70% by 2050, while each human being creates an average of 500kg of waste per year. Nonetheless, we are only recycling around 20% of our global plastic waste.
Tom Murphy, Everledger’s head of product, discusses the latest features of the Everledger Platform, which will support demand generation, sustainability and compliance for diamond retailers and manufacturers.
Wine counterfeiting is nothing new. Throughout human history, wine vessels have been forged, spiked, relabelled and watered down, despite the close attention of growers and collectors.
In recent years, technology firms have come under attack from customers, the media and governments for not doing enough to safeguard privacy and shut down cyberattacks.
Car manufacturers – and governments too – have set their sights on 2035 and the end of fossil fuel mobility, thus emphasising the swap for better battery life cycle management.
The Global Brand Counterfeiting Report has recently estimated losses of nearly $100bn, demonstrating the growing extent of counterfeiting in luxury goods.
In the mid 2010s, blockchain broke free of its tag as a cryptocurrency technology. New applications have demonstrated the wider ability of blockchain to disrupt supply chains where there is a need for increased efficiency, transparency and interoperability across supply chains and where opaqueness has led to concentration of control.
Transparency remains a challenge for the diamond industry, especially diamond provenance. It can still be extremely difficult to verify diamond provenance, or in other words, the origin, characteristics, materials, quality, chain of ownership and sustainability practices of any given stone and suppliers.