The World Diamond Council (WDC) hosted its first Kimberley Process (KP) Observers Forum at the 2016 KP Plenary Meeting in Dubai. The forum was created to provide an opportunity for WDC members, industry experts, and civil society partners to meet and discuss common goals and efforts in the industry.
As the sun and heat poured over me, I walked closer to the edge of the pit. I was in Liberia’s diamond country, and steppes of shovelled rocks had been dug out of the surrounding forest. The two miners didn’t miss a beat. Shovelling away the heavy dirt, they didn’t lose out hope that today they would find a diamond. For two months they’ve been digging. For two months they’ve come home empty-handed.
Why should the Canadian jewellery industry care about ethical challenges in the diamond supply that largely occur elsewhere in the world? It’s a common question industry members ask me, many of whom feel insulated from the vulnerabilities of faraway and less stable or less governed jurisdictions.
Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) has raised the alarm and is stepping up its efforts to identify and confiscate conflict diamonds, following the discovery of a shipment likely containing stones from the Central African Republic (CAR).
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Kimberley Process in which it agrees to finance and operate the certification scheme’s Administrative Support Mechanism (ASM).
Bhushan Vora isn’t too concerned about complying with the U.S. Diamond Source Warranty Protocol. Although his company—Gem Star—is based in Toronto, he often does business with retailers and others south of the border, some of whom may be looking to adopt the voluntary inventory management system designed to exclude diamonds from questionable sources.