12 April New Dutch Masters - Wealth of the Earth

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Domaine de Penthes, Chemin de l'Impératrice 18, 1292 Chambésy

Lecture by H.R.H. Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme

Wealth of the Earth - Responsible sourcing of our natural resources.

In this Dutch Master painting “The Interior of an Iron Foundry” Pieter de Josselin de Jong depicts five strong men carrying a basin of melted steel. This is in the midst of the Second Industrial Revolution. The possibilities of production and growth seemed limitless, though the working conditions at the time were extremely harsh. In today’s consumption-driven economy our reliance on natural resources have never been greater. What we can make with these resources is near miraculous. Where do the metals and minerals for our buildings and bridges, our cars, smartphones and jewelry come from? Have we managed to evolve the way in which this wealth of the earth is won and crafted?

Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme was the Special Envoy for Natural Resources for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and focussed on responsible sourcing of natural resources. He set up the Conflict Free Tin Initiative, which brings traceable minerals from conflict prone areas in Congo to the international market. He brokered a deal with Bolivia, which has the greatest deposits of lithium in the world, to help industrialize their lithium sector. He was also the initiator of the Responsible Mining Index, which will be launched in Geneva the day prior to this lecture. Join him in a journey that will bring you from the depth of the mines, along the supply chain to the world you know.

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