TAKING STOCK, BEFORE THE 2021 KP INTERSESSIONAL Dear colleagues and friends, With the 2021 Intersessional Meeting of the Kimberley Process (KP) to be held on a digital platform next week, after a year during which neither of the two regularly scheduled KP meetings took place, it’s an opportune time to review the various subjects on which the WDC has been working, and to consider what we are preparing for this very first virtual meeting of the KP. But first, we need to express our solidarity with the so many countries where [...]
KP CHAIR ALEXEY MOISEEV OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION PREVIEWS THE UPCOMING KP INTERSESSIONAL MEETING From June 21 to June 25, 2021, members of Kimberley Process will come together in a virtual environment for the 2021 KP Intersessional Meeting. One of the two regular KP gatherings conducted in any given calendar year, with the other being the Plenary Meeting that usually takes place in November, it was not held in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosting the Intersessional will be the Russian Federation, which originally was scheduled to assume [...]
THE RISK INHERENT IN BLURRING THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN ‘KIMBERLEY PROCESS’ AND ‘KIMBERLEY PROCESS CERTIFICATION SCHEME’ By Mark Van Bockstael Chair, KP Working Group of Diamond Experts Chairman, WDC Technical Committee A question one frequently stumbles over when discussing the international forum and system created to eliminate the trade in conflict diamonds is whether to use the term “Kimberley Process” or the term “Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.” To many, the two seem to be interchangeable, with both frequently and often confusingly being encountered within the same texts, as [...]
"Women of the Diamond Industry” focuses on the issue of gender equality along the entire diamond and jewelry supply chain. The series provides a platform for women in the industry to tell their own stories and describe the particular challenges they have faced in their careers. The sixth article in the series is authored by Elodie Daguzan, Executive Director of the World Diamond Council. THE PASSION OF A LIFETIME Elodie Daguzan, Executive Director of the World Diamond Council. If [...]
LIVING BY MAHATMA GANDHI’S MAXIM: IF YOU DO NOTHING, THERE WILL BE NO RESULTS On March 25, 2020, as the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit India, a full lockdown was declared over much of the country. Sheltering with his family at their home in Mumbai, Rajiv Mehta, a Director of Dimexon Diamonds, understood the significance of the event. Writing a month later as a guest blogger on the WDC website, he recounted an observation he had made to his wife [...]
The World Diamond Council is proud to welcome into the organization the following new member: SHREEKUNJ AAI LIMITED Established in 2017 in Kolkata in the Indian State of West Bengal, Shreekunj AAI Limited is a diamond and gemstone company serving the regional jewelry market. It is headed by Hemanshu Dholakia, together with his sons, Sunny and Nikunj.
UNITED RESOLVE AND COOPERATION WILL DRIVE US FORWARD Dear colleagues and friends, I’m delighted to be writing to you for the first time since being elected vice president of the World Diamond Council (WDC). In a year that brought such immense challenges for our industry, being appointed to this role was a source of both gratitude and inspiration for me – gratitude at being afforded the opportunity to take on a greater role in an organization that has been transformational in upholding the integrity of the diamond industry for more than [...]
The World Diamond Council is proud to welcome into the organization the following new members: A. GUL KG Founded in 1967, A. Gul KG is a leading diamond wholesaler in Germany. Headquartered in Pforzheim, the city famous for its long association with the gold industry, it also operates an office at the Israel Diamond Exchange in Ramat Gan. Under the leadership of Eitan Gul, A.Gul KG has emphasized supply chain integrity as a core value in its relationship [...]