Iris Van der Veken

Board Member

Executive Director, Responsible Jewelry Council

Iris is a coalition-builder with over 20 years global experience of working in technology, diamonds and jewelry, fashion and government.

She was actively involved in the development of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Code of Practices. She managed the first global RJC pilot audit in partnership with SGS. She established and chaired the Network of the United Nations Global Compact Belgium in partnership with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

She also chaired the consultative and advisory body to the Office of the Children’s Rights Commissioner in Flanders.

Iris was honored by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs of Belgium for initiating the Global Compact and for her work on promoting corporate social responsibility with a focus on human rights including children’s rights and the role of business. She has been a Special Olympics volunteer since 1992. In 2015 she ran the NY Marathon for Unicef.

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