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WDC Issues Definition of Conflict Diamonds

11/14/2018

The World Diamond Council (WDC) has released its proposed newKimberley Process (KP) definition of conflict diamonds, which addresses abroader range of human-rights abuses. The definition describes them as “rough diamonds used bypublic security forces or private (including criminal or mercenary) armedgroups to acquire wealth through illegal control, bribery, taxation, extortionor dispossession of people,” the WDC said Tuesday....
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NGOs Slam Industry’s Human-Rights Efforts

11/13/2018

Civil-society groups have lashed out at the diamond trade over its apparent leniency in preventing human-rights abuses from tainting the supply chain. The recent update to the World Diamond Council’s (WDC) System of Warranties falls short of international standards for responsible company behavior, including by stating that respect for human rights by companies is voluntary, five non-governmental organizations...
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Conflict-Diamond Definition on KP Agenda

11/11/2018

The World Diamond Council (WDC) will propose an expandeddefinition of conflict diamonds at this week’s Kimberley Process (KP) plenarymeeting in Brussels. The broader wording will address “grave and systematicviolence,” the WDC said Thursday, without giving more details. The council willpresent the change to attendees before member states vote on the matter, WDCpresident Stephane Fischler told Rapaport...
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CIBJO Urges Better Control of Gemstone Supply

10/15/2018

Countries should designate locations where colored gemstonesenter the market in a bid to ensure the integrity of the industry’s supplychain, according to the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO).CIBJO president Gaetano Cavalieri called for the introduction of monitored“chokepoints” — places at which goods pass during shipping. The system wouldbenefit governments by creating legal pathways for artisanal miners, enablingthem to enter the legitimate...
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RJC Signs Deal with Artisanal Gold Miners

10/7/2018

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has entered into acollaboration that, it claimed, will significantly increase the volume ofartisanal-mined gold in the market. The organization signed a memorandum of understanding with theSwiss Better Gold Association, the Better Gold Initiative for ASM (artisanalsmall-scale miners), and the Max Havelaar Foundation (Switzerland) forFairtrade. Under the agreement, the four...
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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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