Today the diamond community is represented by a wide range of various national and international organisations promoting the interests of the entire diamond supply chain – from mining to retail – mining companies, dealers, cutters, jewellers and retailers.
The primary objectives of these organisations include:
· strengthening consumer confidence and stimulating public interest in jewellery;
· enhancing social responsibility and raising ethical standards in the industry;
· facilitating transparency and responsible supply chains as well as preventing trade in conflict diamonds;
· encouraging dialogue among industry players and wider stakeholders.
ALROSA shares the principles of the the Kimberley Process, intergovernmental initiative to prevent conflict diamonds from entering legitimate diamond trade, and implements the requirements of the KP Certification Scheme in conformity with the Russian national legislation. Since the inception of the Kimberley Process, the Company has been maintaining close cooperation with this permanent forum through the World Diamond Council representing the global diamond industry in the KP as an Observer.
ALROSA has been a member of the World Diamond Council since its establishment in 2000 and has always been represented in the Board of Directors. From May 2016 till June 2017 ALROSA held the WDC presidency. Under the leadership of ALROSA, the WDC adopted Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 as well as the Road Map for its implementation.
ALROSA is a co-founder of the Diamond Producers Association that was established in 2015 as the first organisation in the history of the world diamond industry bringing together the largest diamond producers to implement generic marketing of diamonds.
In 2016 ALROSA joined the Responsible Jewellery Council, an international not-for-profit organisation aimed at enhancing consumer confidence along the entire supply chain and promoting responsible business practices.
ALROSA collaborates on a regular basis with other diamond business organisations and communities. The Company maintains close relations with the World Federation of Diamond Bourses and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association. ALROSA promotes effective cooperation with the national industry institutes and trade associations of the leading diamond trade centres – Antwerp World Diamond Centre, Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India, Israel Diamond Institute, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre and New York Diamond Dealers Club of the US Jewelry Council – based on the bilateral Memoranda of Understanding and Cooperation agreements.
Diamond Producers Association (DPA)
Diamond Producers Association (DPA), established in 2015, is the first ever international diamond industry organisation uniting the leading diamond producers. DPA is a non-profit body created to promote and protect the reputation of, and consumer confidence in the diamond industry.
The founding members of DPA are seven major diamond mining companies – ALROSA, De Beers, Dominion Diamond Corporation, Gem Diamonds Ltd, Lucara Diamond Corporation, Petra Diamonds Ltd and Rio Tinto Diamonds N.V.
DPA membership is open solely for companies involved in diamond mining and selling that meet the requirements on responsible business practices in compliance with the GRI principles (Global Reporting Initiative) or similar reporting standards that assume independent audit, as well as support the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
The DPA’s mission is to protect and promote the integrity and reputation of diamonds, thereby ensuring the sustainability of the diamond industry, through:
- implementation of generic marketing initiatives;
- maintaining sustainability and transparency in the industry;
- representation and advocacy of the interests of the members;
- sharing best practices.
CEO – Jean-Marc Lieberherr.
World Diamond Council (WDC)
The World Diamond Council was established in July 2000 as a non-for-profit trade association upon the initiative of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association for the diamond industry to consolidate its interests and speak with one voice in the Kimberley Process on eliminating conflict diamonds from international trade and preventing usage of diamonds to finance conflicts.
The WDC has established the voluntary System of Warranties that extends the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme beyond the export and import of rough diamonds. The association provides technical and financial support as well as Administrative Support Mechanism to the Kimberley Process, represents the diamond industry in the KP working bodies and in other forums, serves as the centre of communication ensuring compliance with the regulatory and voluntary systems.
2013-2014 WDC reform resulted in the new bylaws, structure and membership mechanism, mandatory membership fees, reelected management bodies. In 2016 under the presidency of ALROSA, the WDC adopted the Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 as well as the Road Map for its implementation.
The WDC consists of 42 members.
Acting President – Stephane Fischler.
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)
Responsible Jewelry Council was established in 2005 as a non-profit organisation aimed at reinforcement of consumer confidence in the diamond industry through the promotion of responsible business practices.
The Council’s goal is to advance international initiatives on corporate social responsibility, environment protection and ethical rules. The main instrument to achieve it is the RJC’s own certification standard.
RJC embraces over 1000 members representing various sectors of diamond industry.
Executive Director – Andrew Bone.
World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB)
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses was established in 1947 at the diamond industry congress in Antwerp.
The key objectives of the WFDB encompass providing a reliable trade platform and promoting world trade as well as carrying out arbitration functions. An arbitration decision of any bourse is binding for other bourses-members of the WFDB. An individual member who violates the established rules will not be able to trade on any other bourse. These rules secure the interests of the WFDB members.
Within the WFDB individual bourses maintain their autonomy in all internal matters, but their decisions must comply with the general legal framework set by the WFDB General Assembly. The General Assembly is convened biennially at World Diamond Congresses to take core decisions regarding the functioning of the federation. Meetings of presidents of bourses-members of the federation take place during intervening years.
Currently the WFDB has 31 members from 22 countries.
President – Ernest Blom.
International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA)
The International Diamond Manufacturers Association was founded in 1946 in Antwerp. It embraces national associations of diamond manufacturers.
The IDMA is committed to promoting best practices and ethical principles in world diamond trade as well as ensuring the compliance of its members to relevant national and international legislature. The association adopted a Code of Conduct that is legally binding for all its members. The IDMA supports decent working conditions and promotes social responsibility regarding people involved in the diamond industry.
The IDMA holds meetings of its members biennially during the World Diamond Congress convened by the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.
The Congress hosts a session of the general assemblies of both the IDMA and the WFDB where joint decisions are taken on most topical diamond industry issues.
The IDMA includes 16 member associations.
President – Ronnie van der Linden.
World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO)
CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, is an international confederation of national jewellery trade organisations. It was founded in Paris in 1926 to protect and advance the interests of jewellers in Europe. In 1961 the organisation was restructured to meet its wider scale of activities far beyond Europe.
CIBJO’s main objectives include protecting consumer confidence, facilitating harmonization of standards, promoting trade and international cooperation in the jewellery industry.
In 2006 CIBJO became the first jewellery organisation to receive official consultative status within the UN Economic and Social Council.
The confederation membership comprises national jewellery associations and commercial organisations and companies from more than 40 countries.
President – Gaetano Cavalieri.
Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC)
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre was established in 2007 when the initial Diamond High Council, founded in 1973 on the initiative of the Belgian government and diamond business, was restructured and split up into the Diamond Centre and the HRD Antwerp.
AWDC represents the interests of the Belgian diamond industry. It includes diamond customs service, Antwerp diamond bourses and manufacturers.
AWDC is an organiser of various international events and fairs in Belgium and abroad.
President – Stephane Fischler. CEO – Ari Epstein.
Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC)
The GJEPC was created in 1966. The Council is supported by the Indian government as part of the country’s long-term development program. The scope of its activity stretches from diamond marketing in India to promotion of Indian diamond and jewellery exports on the international market.
The Council organises various international diamond events and exhibitions throughout India.
The Council comprises more than 6 500 members from all over the country. The head office is located in Mumbai. There are also 5 regional offices situated in major jewellery industry centres of the country.
Chairman – Praveenshankar Pandya.
The Israel Diamond Institute (IDI)
The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies is the umbrella organisation which represents all organisations and institutions involved in the Israeli diamond industry.
It is a non-profit, public interest company, which performs a range of essential functions for the industry including marketing and business development, business promotion and public relations, technological research and development, nurturing of rough diamond sources; professional training; publishing of professional literature and security consultancy.
Chairman - Shmuel Schnitzer.
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)
The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre was created in 2002 by the Dubai government as part of the initiative to create as a multi-commodity bourse to promote regional trading operations through the UAE.
DMCC is the operator for the free trade zone situated in Jumeira Lake Towers, that provides infrastructure and services to all commodity (including diamonds) traders. DMCC offers access to its premises, financial institutions of the country, governmental bodies and international organisations.
The centre is the only export and import point for rough diamond in the UAE, a place where the UAE Kimberley Process Office is situated.
The DMCC includes the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) which was created in 2005.
Executive Chairman of the DMCC – Ahmed Bin Sulayem.
Chairman of the DDE – Peter Meeus.
US Jewelry Council
The United States Jewelry Council is an umbrella organisation established in 2015. It consists of the leadership of the major jewellery trade organisations based in the US. The founding members of the Council are: Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America (DMIA), Jewelers of America (JA), American Gem Society (AGS), Diamond Council of America (DCA), Diamond Bourse of Southeast United States (DBSE), Diamond Dealers Club of New York (DDC), Indian Diamond and Colored Stone Association (IDCA), Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) and Natural Color Diamond Association (NCDIA). In 2016 the following organisations joined the US Jewelry Council: American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), Diamond Club West Coast (DCWC), National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA), the Plumb Club, Silver Promotion Service (SPS), Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA).
The Council’s purpose is to promote and represent the interests of its member associations that together represent the United States jewellery business, both in the US and internationally and to maintain and enhance consumer confidence in the US in the integrity and origins of jewellery.
President – Ronnie van der Linden. CEO – James Evans-Lombe.