WDC President interviewed by the Rapaport news service during the Dubai Diamond Conference

Vinod Kuriyan of the Rapaport news service, interviews Edward Asscher, President of the World Diamond Council, during the Dubai Diamond Conference on February 23, 2022.

WDC President optimistic at close of KP Plenary, citing Principles for Responsible Diamond Sourcing

WDC President expresses cautious optimism at close of 2021 KP Plenary, citing the KP’s progress in welcoming the Principles for Responsible Diamond Sourcing NOVEMBER 15, 2021 ABOVE: The 2021 KP Plenary in session in Moscow, Russia, on November 12, the final day of the event. WDC President Edward Asscher struck a positive tone in a statement… Continue reading WDC President optimistic at close of KP Plenary, citing Principles for Responsible Diamond Sourcing

NOVEMBER 15, 2021

Now is the time to expand the conflict diamonds definition, WDC President tells delegates at start of 2021 KP Plenary

WDC release 08-11-2021

A call to action: WDC President urges industry to adopt the upgraded System of Warranties today

Since the start of the Kimberley Process, members of the diamond trade have been adding a declaration to their sales documents, each time a transaction is finalized along the entire supply chain, from mine to retail. It’s become a customary act in our industry, but a massively important one, for it verifies to the next participant in the supply chain that the diamonds involved are compliant with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), and thus can be considered “conflict free” according to KP doctrine.

WDC marks UN’s International Day of Peace with public launch of upgraded System of Warranties

The World Diamond Council (WDC) has marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment by the United Nations of the International Day of Peace with the official public launch of its upgraded System of Warranties (SoW).

WDC release 21-9-2021

Recognizing the strength of the KP but also its limitations, and consequently industry’s obligations

In an article published in the August edition of Rapaport Magazine and posted on August 25, 2021, on the publication’s website, entitled “Atrocities Haunt Zimbabwe’s Diamond Fields,” Farai Maguwu, a courageous civil society leader in Zimbabwe, who is the founding director of that country’s Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG), writes of the plight of artisanal miners in the Marange diamond fields.

With continuing resistance to reforming of KP, WDC President warns of market with two value chains

“In the not-too-distant future, there will be a difference between rough diamonds that can be guaranteed to have fulfilled the consumers’ demands and expectations, and other diamonds,” said Edward Asscher, President of the World Diamond Council (WDC), speaking today during the closing session of the 2021 Intersessional Meeting of the Kimberley Process (KP).