CIBJO is the oldest international organisation in the jewellery sector, having been established in 1926. Its membership is made up largely of national jewellery trade organizations from more than 40 countries around the world. Many international jewellery sector’s private corporations and service providers are also affiliated to CIBJO through commercial membership. CIBJO’s purpose is to encourage harmonisation of standards in the jewellery trade and to promote international cooperation in the jewellery industry for the protection of consumer confidence. In particular, CIBJO developed its Blue Book system, contains standards in such areas as the grading, methodology and nomenclature of diamonds, coloured gemstones, pearls and other organic materials.
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The object of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses is to protect the interests of its 30 affiliated diamond bourses and their individual members, and to further the amicable settlement or arbitration of differences and disputes between the individual members of the affiliated bourses and between the affiliated bourses. In furtherance of this object, it is the aim of the world federation to participate in the promotion of world trade and to encourage the establishment of bourses, with the view of eventual affiliation of all centres where diamonds are actively traded.
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The primary purpose of the WDC is to represent the diamond industry in the development and implementation of regulatory and voluntary systems to control the trade in diamonds embargoed by the United Nations or covered by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (so called “conflict diamonds”). “Conflict diamonds” are rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance conflict aimed at undermining legitimate governments, as described in relevant resolutions by the UN Security Council and UN General Assembly. The WDC has also established the System of Warranties which extends the effectiveness of the Kimberley Process beyond the export and import of rough diamonds, to the trade and sale of polished diamonds. The Kimberley Process has been very effective at nearly eradicating the trade in conflict diamonds, and the WDC – as the industry representative body in the Kimberley Process – has played and continues to play an important role in further improving its effectiveness and strengthening consumer confidence in the diamonds they purchase.
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The Responsible Jewellery Council is a not-for-profit standard-setting and certification organization. It has more than 700 member companies that span the Jewellery supply chain from mine to retail. RJC Members commit to and are independently audited against the RJC Code of Practices – an international standard on responsible business practices for diamonds, gold and platinum group metals. The Code of Practices addresses human rights, labour rights, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure and many more important topics in the jewellery supply chain. RJC also works with multi-stakeholder initiatives on responsible sourcing and supply chain due diligence. The RJC’s Chain-of-Custody Certification for precious metals supports these initiatives and can be used as a tool to deliver broader Member and stakeholder benefits.
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The International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) has 16 members who are national associations representing diamond manufacturing and export businesses. These include for example the Syndicate of the Belgian Diamond Industry, the Indian Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council, and Diamond Manufacturers Associations from Israel, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the US. IDMA is committed to fostering and promoting the highest ideals of honesty and best practice principles throughout the diamond industry worldwide, as well as full compliance with all relevant national and international laws. Towards this end, the organization has developed and adopted a Code of Conduct, which is binding on all members. It encourages and supports social responsibility on the part of the industry in respect to all citizens of the world.
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The Diamond Empowerment Fund is a global nonprofit organization whose mission is to support initiatives that develop and empower people in diamond communities worldwide. It believes that education is a key component to sustainable development, which in turn is essential to empower individuals, communities, and society toward future economic prosperity, stability, and advancement. D.E.F. supports beneficiary organizations in Africa and India, including the African Leadership Academy in South Africa, Botswana Top Achievers Program in Botswana, The Diamond Development Initiative in DRC, the Flaviana Matata Foundation in Tanzania and Veerayatan’s Colleges of Pharmacy, Engineering & Business Administration, in India.