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UK diamond retailers failing to implement policies to combat conflict diamonds, says report by Amnesty & Global Witness

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29 May 2007

full report: "Conflict diamonds: UK jewellery retailers still not doing enough"

Author: Global Witness & Amnesty International

[links to full survey and summary] This survey conducted by Global Witness and Amnesty International UK between December 2006 and February 2007, shows that most top-selling UK jewellers still lack adequate policies to effectively combat the trade in conflict diamonds, also known as blood diamonds. The survey queried 42 of the most prominent diamond retailers in the UK. [refers to ASDA (part of Wal-Mart), Asprey London, Beaverbrooks the Jewellers, Berens & Co, Boodle & Dunthorne, Bulgari UK, Cartier (part of Richemont), Catherine Jones, Chatila, Chisholm Hunter, Clive Ranger, Clogau Gold of Wales, County House Retail, Debenhams, DeJoria, Dianoor Jewels, Dinny Hall, E.P. Mallory & Son, EMDICO, F. Hinds, Finnies the Jewellers, Folli Follie, Fraser Hart, Garrard, Goldsmiths Plc, Graff Diamonds, Hamilton & Inches, Hancocks & Co Jewellers, Harriet Kelsall, Herbert Brown & Son Ltd, House of Fraser, HPJ Jewellers, J.J. Rudell & Co, John Lewis, Laing the Jeweller, Links of London, Moussaieff Jewellers, Ortak Jewellery, Signet, Ernest Jones (part of Signet), H Samuel (part of Signet), Leslie Davis (part of Signet), Theo Fennell, Tiffany, Warren James (Jewellers) Ltd]

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29 May 2007

UK retailers fail to curb conflict gems

Author: Nicol Degli Innocenti, Financial Times

Diamond retailers in the UK are failing to play their part in the battle against conflict diamonds and risk undermining the United Nations-backed initiative [Kimberly Process] to clean up the industry, according to a report to be released today...by Amnesty International and Global Witness...A majority of companies contacted replied in writing to the survey. However...11 failed to respond...Among them are Cartier [part of Richemont], Graff Diamonds and Fraser Hart. John Lewis and House of Fraser also failed to provide any information on their diamond policy..."[M]ost top-selling UK jewellers still lack adequate policies to effectively combat the trade in conflict diamonds", the report states...The UK report follows a survey of the $33bn US jewellery industry, conducted earlier this year, which revealed a similar pattern...[also refers to positive steps by Tiffany, Signet, Ernest Jones (part of Signet), H. Samuel (part of Signet), Leslie Davis (part of Signet)]

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