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Diamonds - Kimberley Process: Flaws in the process

Author: Charlotte Mathews, FM [South Africa], Published on: 13 October 2011

Civil society organisations are angry at the failure of the Kimberley Process to address human rights violations around diamond mining in Marange in Zimbabwe, as well as other issues...World Diamond Council president Eli Izhakoff says the support of governments, industry and civil society in the Kimberley Process is essential, but the integrity of the process depends more on finding effective solutions to the issues at hand....Martin Rapaport, who heads the Rapaport Group...has proposed a new certification scheme that will track diamonds from source to end product and provide different grades of compliance with ethical values...Alan Martin says Rapaport’s ethical certification scheme would be a welcome way to increase the ethical reputation of diamonds but he is concerned it would cover only a small part of the market. [also refers to Petra Diamonds, De Beers, Alrosa, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, Gem Diamonds, Trans Hex]

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Related companies: Alrosa (Almazy Rossii Sakha) BHP Billiton De Beers (part of Anglo American) Petra Diamonds Rapaport Group Rio Tinto