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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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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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Signet Notches Fourth Year of Conflict-Free Gold

6/4/2017

Signet Jewelers has reaffirmed that its gold products do notcome from materials that have helped fund violence in certain war-torn Africancountries.For the fourth year in a row, the company has filed adisclosure report confirming that all of its products containing possible“conflict minerals” — including gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten — are “DRCconflict-free,” the retailer said last week....
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London Bourse Recruits Ethics Adviser

4/3/2017

The London Diamond Bourse (LDB) has appointed KatherineChappell as its special adviser for ethical issues. Chappell (pictured), a longstanding member of the LDB, has worked inthe gemstone industry for more than 20 years and is a specialist in fair-tradeprinciples, the exchange said. “For the LDB, this means we can enhance our conversationsaround responsible sourcing and engage in a more relevant...
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KP to Audit CAR Diamond Stockpiles

12/20/2016

The Kimberley Process (KP) is seeking a forensic auditor tocomb through diamond stockpiles in the Central African Republic (CAR) and assess which stones recovered during the nation’s suspension may beexported.CAR was suspendedfrom the KP in 2013 following a coup by rebels and readmittedin May this year. During the exclusion period, CAR was banned from exportingdiamonds but allowed...
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