Statement of policy on diamonds from Zimbabwe’s Marange region, linked to human rights abuses

Author: Cartier, Published on: 23 March 2010

Respecting human rights in our operations and throughout our entire supply chain is at the core of Cartier’s [part of Richemont] Corporate Responsibility Policy...we have always made clear our unequivocal commitment to the eradication of conflict diamonds, which we confirmed in writing to all our suppliers...instituting the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS)...in 2002...During 2009, we became aware of human rights violations including forced labor, child labor, killings and severe beatings which were found to be occurring in the diamond fields of Marange...Zimbabwe. Diamonds from the Marange region are of a quality grade that is not compatible with the requirements of Cartier’s sourcing policy. For this reason, we are confident Marange diamonds do not enter our supply chain. Nevertheless we took swift action...in November 2009...we wrote to all our suppliers who deal in diamonds to ask that they put in place, within their own operations and within their sphere of influence, everything they can to prevent such diamonds from being used in the watch and jewellery supply chain...

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