African diamond firms on COVID-19 response, recent developments

Rough & Polished recently contacted several diamond producers and exploration companies with operations in Africa to establish how their operations were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and what they are doing to alleviate the impact. We also sought...

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Sustainability is the only way forward - Rahul Jauhari

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Keeping global supply chains functioning vital – De Beers

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Gabon courts foreign investors to grow fledgling diamond sector

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CIBJO releases an overview of its 'Responsible Sourcing Blue Book'

20 september 2019

cibjo_logo.jpgCIBJO has released an overview of its Responsible Sourcing Blue Book. The Book defines a universally agreed-to set of recommended responsible sourcing principles that can be applied by all members of the jewelry industry. The report was prepared by the CIBJO Responsible Sourcing Commission, headed by Philip Olden.
The report outlines a program initiated by the CIBJO' Responsible Sourcing Commission with the Coloured Gemstone Working Group and facilitated by The Dragonfly Initiative. This program involves the creation of an online toolkit that will provide supporting documentation to help companies address the Responsible Sourcing Blue Book guidance.
The toolkit will be presented at the upcoming CIBJO Congress in Bahrain and will be made freely available to the industry.
"CIBJO has steadfastly stated that no ethical member or company in the jewelry business should be denied the opportunity to participate because, at any particular point in time, it lacks the financial capacity to meet the demands of a compliance system," said Olden. "At the same time, CIBJO does not accept the contention that a company with limited financial resources should be exempt from conducting any form of responsible sourcing due diligence," he added.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished