On 1 July 2015, the authorities of Italy and Mexico in charge of the application of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) unveiled the proof of concept of a traceability system for reptile skins that will be capable of identifying individual specimens uniquely from the origin and tracing their skins or parts thereof in real time throughout the entire supply and regulatory chains.
RESP has announced the dates for it 2nd Global Meeting which will be held on 3 and 4 November 2015 under the theme: “Natural Capital: overcoming challenges of delivering sustainable economic growth in the fashion, cosmetics and jewellery industries”.
On 8 June 2015, the Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform (RESP) launched an international consultation process that will assist in the identification of key sustainability-related priorities for the coloured gemstones industry.
This consultation is the first of its kind and will seek to contribute to the development of a sustainability framework for artisanal and small scale mining of coloured gemstones and provide initial elements to assess its potential implementation through an international standard.
The first RESP Global Meeting was held at Burberry HQ in London on the 13th and 14th of April. Two years of commitment and collaborative action to define common goals and the steps needed to achieve them, has led to concrete results for RESP and its diverse multi-stakeholder members who include leaders from the cosmetics, fashion and jewellery industries and their key stakeholders.