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KPCSC: Stop “Ongoing Flow of Conflict Diamonds”

The Kimberley Process Civil Society lists four key actions
127 carat rough diamond found in lulo by Lucapa
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The Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC), the umbrella organization that acts as an observer of the Kimberley Process on behalf of civil society, is calling on members of the diamond mining and jewellery industries to stop the “ongoing flow of conflict diamonds,” Rough & Polished reports.

 

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Following a recently held webinar, the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition said that the industry can take four key actions to achieve this: one – don’t promise consumers that a diamond is conflict free as “ there exists today no standardised, testable system guaranteeing that any diamond is free of conflict;” two – companies should engage “honestly, transparently and without manipulation” with diamond-affected communities; three – “implement due diligence on diamond supply chains;” and finally – “stop representing standards created by industry associations, such as the World Diamond Council’s revised System of Warranties (SoW) Guidelines, as proof of ethical diamond origin or actual human rights due diligence.”

 

Examining rough diamonds
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According to the report, KP claims that KP members “prevent 99.8% of conflict diamonds from the global supply chain.”



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