By  on November 18, 2019

LONDON — Mining and sustainability are by definition contradictory concepts, Gemfields chief executive officer Sean Gilbertson is quick to admit, and the colored gemstone supplier is looking to reconcile the two as best it can.

“A lot of companies are very quick these days to talk about sustainability and it has become something of a buzzword. But sustainability and mining are very complex issues. Mining is not sustainable, the two words side by side are an oxymoron because we are working with finite resources and as we mine, the resources get depleted,” said Gilbertson in an interview.

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