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Supply-Chain Forum Achieves Charity Status

8/8/2018

The Jewelry Industry Summit has received tax-exempt status asa charitable organization in the US. The new classification means all donations and contributionsto the group are fully tax-deductible, it said Tuesday. The organization has also reelected Cecilia Gardner, theformer CEO of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), as chair. Mike Pace ofConnected Jewelry holds the position...
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Diamonds Still Linked to Conflict – Civil Society

7/31/2018

Civil-society groups have lashed out at the lack of transparency in the diamond industry, claiming the trade continues to be linked to human-rights abuses, conflict finance and corruption. “Although the diamond industry is not the only sector facing these threats, it is unique in its particular unwillingness and inability to take genuine steps towards responsible business conduct,” read a statement published by Amnesty...
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Jewelers Talk Industry Ethics at Rapaport Forum

6/14/2018

Diamantaires and jewelers discussed ways of creating an ethical diamond supply chain when they gathered at Rapaport’s Town Hall Meeting in Las Vegas.The forum, which took place at the JCK show on June 3, aimed to develop a more unified approach to source verification. Attendees shared their experiences of working to ensure their products came from trustworthy suppliers, and outlined some of the...
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Managing an Ethical Diamond Supply Chain – Rapaport Town Hall Meeting - Highlights

6/8/2018

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Chopard Makes Ethical-Gold Commitment

4/1/2018

Chopard has vowed to use 100% ethically sourced gold in all ofits jewelry and watch collections by the end of July, the company said lastweek. The jeweler has created an in-house gold foundry that will giveit complete oversight of all processes from the manufacturing stage to thefinished product. “As a family-run business, ethics have always been animportant part...
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Zimbabwe Group to Lead KP Civil Society

3/4/2018

The Civil Society Coalition (CSC) of the Kimberley Process(KP) has appointed the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) as its leader, according to a statement on the KP website. ZELA will take over the leadership from Impact — formerly Partnership AfricaCanada —which left the Kimberley Process in December, claiming the organization wasineffective in policing the diamond supply chain. The CSC...
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EU Becomes Kimberley Process Chair

1/2/2018

The European Union (EU) has taken over the chairmanship ofthe Kimberley Process (KP) for 2018, with Italian politician FedericaMogherini heading the operation.The leadership of the KP switches every year, with Australiataking charge in 2017 and the United Arab Emirates in 2016. India is the vicechair this year, and will become chair in 2019. “For the European...
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Global Witness Warns of CAR Diamond Smuggling

6/26/2017

Smugglers are using social-media platforms such asFacebook and WhatsApp to get diamonds out of the Central African Republic (CAR)and into international markets, Global Witness claimed in a report last week.A representative from the organization posed undercover as a diamond trader togain “unprecedented access” to those involved in smuggling diamonds out of CAR,it said Thursday. During the year-long investigation, it found...
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