The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference is committed to bringing speakers, panelists, and representatives from the many places around the world where jewelry minerals and metals are extracted and produced. This type of travel can be prohibitively expensive, so we work hard to raise the money to pay for their participation. Ticket sales alone will not cover these expenses. We seek corporate sponsorships, and we also ask for individual support.
It is critical that the communities involved in artisanal mining and raw material production are properly represented in the conversation about responsible supply chains. This is the only way we can create solutions that work for the entire community involved in this work.