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 objective of these organisations is to tackle current problems the diamond industry faces today:
- encouraging dialogue among industry players,
- upholding the image of the diamond industry,
- stimulating public interest in jewellery,
- enhancing social responsibility,
- facilitating transparency and raising ethical standards as well as curbing trade in conflict diamonds trade.
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.
ALROSA shares the principles of the Kimberley Process and implements the requirements of its 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.
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.
Since 2007 ALROSA has been an associate commercial member of the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO).
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, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority, Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India and the Israel Diamond Institute – 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 representative organization uniting some of 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.
The DPA’s mission is to protect and promote the integrity and reputation of diamonds, thereby ensuring the sustainability of the diamond industry, through:
- Leadership, representing the interests of member diamond producers with governments, NGO’s, media, the financial community and other key stakeholders;
- Engaging with consumers, current and future – to understand their needs and aspirations and communicate to them the unique value of diamonds as true miracles of nature;
- Collaborating with other diamond industry organizations and participants to continuously promote best practices and enhance transparency across the entire diamond pipeline;
- Sharing ideas and best practices amongst members in areas such as employee health and safety, partnership with local communities, supply chain integrity and environmental management.
CEO – Jean-Marc Lieberherr.
World Diamond Council (WDC)
The World Diamond Council was established in July 2000 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 which 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 committees 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.
The WDC consists of 52 members.
President – Andrey Polyakov, Vice President of ALROSA.
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 VanderLinden.
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, including ALROSA, from more than 40 countries.
CIBJO’s headquarters is located in Milan, Italy.
President – Gaetano Cavalieri.
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 700 members representing various sectors of diamond industry.
Executive Director – Andrew Bone.
Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC)
The Council was created as a countertype of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre in Belgium. Its task is to promote India as the preferred polished diamonds producer in the world and the leading diamond jewellery manufacturer.
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.
During recent years the Council has been more active within the KP work posing as the sole representative of the whole Indian diamond industry. GJEPC participates in talks on shipments of rough diamonds from Russia to India.
In its work the Council takes a negative stance on such issues as restricting diamond exports from Africa, review of the conflict diamonds definition, promotion of diamond business transparency, introduction of code of ethics for diamond trade which are put forward by NGOs.
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 situated in Mumbai. There are also 5 regional offices situated in major jewellery industry centres of the country.
Chairman – Praveen Shankar Pandya.
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 is committed to strengthening Antwerp’s role as the key world diamond trade platform and to promoting the image of diamonds as a whole. It includes diamond customs service, Antwerp diamond bourses and manufacturers.
AWDC is headquartered in Antwerp.
President – Stephane Fischler.
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. The DDE is the only bourse of the Arab world affiliated with the World Federation of Diamond Bourses. The bourse management is represented in the World Diamond Council.
ALROSA works closely with the DMCC. Arcos East DMCC, a subsidiary of the Company, is registered within the Centre.
DMCC and DDE pursue ambitious goals of turning Dubai into the worlds’ major centre of international diamond trade, a bridge between Africa, Europe and Asia, to play a leading part in the formation of international diamond organisations policies and strategies.
Executive Chairman of the DMCC - Ahmed Bin Sulayem.
Chairman of the DDE – Peter Meeus.
The Israel Diamond Institute (IDI)
The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies is the umbrella organization which represents all organizations 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.