CRJP Names CEO and Program Director

January 24, 2006

CRJP Names CEO and Program Director

The Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices named Michael L. Rae CEO and and Santiago Porto program director. The two will begin work in early February. CRJP promotes responsible ethical, social and environmental practices throughout the diamond and gold jewelry supply chain.

"Michael's exceptional ability to bring industry, government and civil society together to work collaboratively on social and environmental issues makes him an ideal choice," said CRJP Chairman Matthew A. Runci.

"Santiago's background and his varied fieldwork experience have enabled him to develop a real understanding of the issues facing companies working together to embed ethical considerations into their supply chains," said Runci.

As CEO, Rae will work to expand membership in the CRJP, communicate with stakeholders and supervise the development of CRJP's Responsible Business Framework. He'll promote awareness, understanding and continuous improvement within the industry on ethical, social and environmental issues.

Porto will be responsible for executing CRJP's programs, including the development of the CRJP Principles and Code of Practices and the associated implementation and monitoring. He will also work to ensure that appropriate guidance, training and education are available to CRJP members and their business partners.

Rae worked for the WWF, formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund, since 1989. CRJP said he's been a catalyst of international collaborative efforts among mining companies, associations and civil society, seeking to reach agreement on independent verification of environmental, social and economic performance in the mining industry.

"I've taken this role because I think CRJP represents a fantastic opportunity to ensure good social and environmental performance in the jewelry industry, from mine to market," said Rae.

Porto has been membership development manager for the Ethical Trading Initiative in London, a multistakeholder organization promoting international labor standards in global supply chains in the footwear and clothing industry. He also managed projects engaging business, civil society and government with the United Nations Development Program in Mozambique.

"I enjoy getting programs off the ground, developing relationships and working at a global level," said Porto. "My experience with multiple stakeholders on various issues will enable me to effectively implement the Council's programs."

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