Willie Nagel, a gentleman, who would have the strength and stamina to deal with business leaders and politicians, passes away

By Alex Popov

Willie Nagel passed away on July 14th. Friday he was buried in Israel. I was flying from New York with a stopover in London when it happened. Being unable to be there and express my feelings to Adam and Toni, I would like to...

20 july 2021

Diamond industry's reaction to KP impasse

The Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (CSC) recently said that it is planning to approach the United Nations (UN) over the impasse on the redefinition of conflict diamonds and the principles of responsible sourcing. The CSC representative...

19 july 2021

Natural and LGDs are two segments of the industry that will have to learn to coexist together

Having now completed half a decade in the diamond jewelry exporting and wholesaling industry, Anmol Bhansali received formal training on Diamonds from GIA in addition to a lengthy training in jewelry wholesaling from the factories at Goldiam. He has...

12 july 2021

L'ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels: our mission is to share the jewelry culture with as many people as possible

France has gradually begun to lift quarantine restrictions on places of cultural recreation, including museums starting from May 19, 2021. The world-renowned L'ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts (L'ECOLE des Arts Joailliers) Van Cleef & Arpels...

05 july 2021

“I think LGDs will never be a threat to natural diamonds,” asserts Suresh Hathiramani, Managing Director, Facets Singapore

A diamantaire and industry expert with a deep knowledge of the gem & jewellery industry, Suresh Hathiramani is also a GIA trained diamond grader, researcher and writer about all things related to diamonds. His work experience stretches over 45 years...

28 june 2021

Norilsk Nickel on ecology, indigenous peoples of the North, and public control

22 june 2021
The implementation of events within the strategy pursued by Norilsk Nickel’s production divisions in the field of ecology and climate change will require up to $ 1 billion per year, said Andrey Bugrov, the company’s Senior Vice President for Sustainable Development. “The program is designed until 2030, so we have 10 years ahead. According to my calculations, this will approximately cost a little less than one billion dollars a year,” he said during a roundtable at the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation dedicated to the presentation of Norilsk Nickel's environmental strategy.
Elena Sharoykina, Chairperson of the Civic Chamber's Commission on Ecology and Environmental Protection reminded the participants that an open dialogue between the company, authorities and society began a year ago. At that time, an expert group was created under the Russian Federation Civic Chamber Commission on Ecology and Environmental Protection, which included representatives of NGOs and science, with a task to work on adjustments to the fuel spill response plan and to ensure public control.
“For additional verification of accuracy, tests were carried out in parallel by two labs, one at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University in Arkhangelsk and the other at the Typhoon Research and Production Group. The studies did not reveal any excess of the maximum permissible levels of harmful substances in fish in the Pyasina river basin, but it would be interesting to compare the results with the data of the Federal Agency for Fishery,” said Nikolay Doronin, Chairman of the Board of the Arctic Development Project Office. The agency carried out its own expert investigation, but the results obtained have not yet been presented.
Only the results of further monitoring will show whether additional measures are needed to eliminate the consequences of the spill, said Vladimir Chernyshev, Head of Department for State Supervision over Water Bodies, Atmospheric Air and Land at Rosprirodnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage). The results of such accidents cannot be fully understood without verification, which is based on primary data, says Ivan Blokov, Director of Programs, Research and Expertise of the Russian branch of Greenpeace.
“Learning from the accident is one of the most important factors in preventing future accidents,” said Alexei Knizhnikov, Head of the Program for Environmental Responsibility of Business at WWF. According to him, it is very important to create documents that describe these lessons in as much detail as possible.
Vice President of Norilsk Nickel Andrey Grachev stressed that the company is maintaining a permanent dialogue with the indigenous peoples of the North. Thus, Norilsk Nickel established a department within its organizational structure to work with them, and the Coordination Council of the indigenous peoples' communities held its first meeting. “Norilsk Nickel is essentially shaping a new practice and setting standards for relations with local communities,” Andrey Grachev believes. The discussion on this topic was continued by Pavel Sulyandziga, an expert on the rights of indigenous peoples, who joined the panel from the United States, and Grigory Dyukarev, Head of the Taimyr Indigenous Peoples Association.

Vladimir Malakhov, Rough&Polished