NEW YORK, NY, May 8, 2017 — The World Diamond Council (WDC), along with other KP tripartite members, took significant steps forward on many issues concerning the rough diamond pipeline at the annual Intersessional Meeting held in Perth, Australia. For the second consecutive year, the WDC also held an Observers Forum alongside the KP Intersessional meeting where WDC members, African Diamond Producers Association, the Civil Society Coalition and the Diamond Development Initiative achieved consensus on proposals to strengthen KP internal controls, establish a policy on conflict of interest and create a KP permanent secretariat.
NEW YORK, NY, May 1, 2017 - World Diamond Council (WDC) members representing every sector of the diamond industry, join together on May 1 – 4 at the 2017 Kimberley Process Intersessional Meeting in Perth. The focus of this year’s meeting is the start of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) review cycle in order to strengthen the Kimberley Process.
NEW YORK, NY, February 27, 2017 - The World Diamond Council (WDC) announced that the Board of Directors has named Ms. Marie-Chantal Kaninda as Executive Director effective March 1, 2017. Ms. Kaninda will be replacing Patricia Syvrud, who is stepping down on February 28th.
World Diamond Council (WDC) President Andrey Polyakov, thinks the global diamond custody chain warranty system needs reforming, with each stone being guaranteed all the way to the consumer. Polyakov expressed this view in an interview with GEMKonnect Chief Editor Vinod Kuriyan on the sidelines of the recently concluded 2016 Kimberley Process Plenary meeting in Dubai.
Andrey Polyakov, World Diamond Council President, spoke to The Telegraph after the 2016 Kimberley Process (KP) Plenary meeting, to defend the KP and illustrate its progress - including its efforts to bring Central African Republic, a potentially large source of rough diamonds, back into the international fold.
DUBAI, November 17, 2016 — the further strengthening of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and the introduction of new working methods and new ways of organizing processes, were crucial at this year’s Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting in Dubai. The World Diamond Council joined representatives of governments from more than 50 countries and other Observers, discussing mechanisms for greater industry inclusion.
Honorable KP Chair Mr. Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Honorable KP Vice-Chair Mr. Robert Owen–Jones, distinguished delegates and guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
On behalf of the World Diamond Council, I want to once again thank the UAE and Mr. Ahmed bin Sulayem personally, for organizing this Plenary Session and for the fruitful work he has carried out as the KP Chair.
We live in a world that changes fast and requires us to adapt quickly to new conditions and challenges. I'm glad to see that the Kimberley Process continues to evolve. This week we looked for new working methods and new ways of organizing processes. And we do it for one purpose only – to protect the true brilliance of our product and industry.
Honorable KP Chair Mr. Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Honorable KP Vice-Chair Mr. Robert Owen–Jones, distinguished delegates and guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
First of all allow me on behalf of the WDC to thank UAE and Mr. Ahmed Bin Sulayem personally for the warm hospitality and professionalism in organizing this Plenary Session and for an eventful KP agenda throughout the year.
Sixteen years ago, representatives from several African diamond-producing countries met in Kimberley to evaluate how to stop the
conflicts on this continent which were fed also by rough diamonds. Back then the task seemed to be nearly impossible.
NEW YORK, NY, November 10, 2016 - The World Diamond Council has initiated an international search for a new Executive Director (ED) to replace the outgoing current ED Patricia Syvrud in 2017. The WDC ED, working under the authority of the WDC President and Executive Committee, will have responsibility for the day-to-day management of the organization, including managing the budget and membership drives, providing strategy implementation, liaising with government, stakeholders and other organizations, and representing the WDC in the Kimberley Process and its various committees.
NEW YORK, NY, September 8, 2016 — Honorable guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
First of all, I would like to thank United States Jewelry Council and Mr Ronald VanderLinden personally for warm hospitality and great professionalism in organizing this meeting.
I am pleased to open the WDC annual general meeting and to tell you a few words about what we have achieved and what we should do in future.
For many years WDC successfully fulfills its mission - represents the industry voice in the Kimberley Process. KP has reached great progress during the 15 years of its operation. Today, more than 99% of all diamonds in the market have confirmed conflict-free origin. It means that the so-called "blood diamonds" are practically excluded from the market. Mining and trading areas in all countries are critically examined, and any buyer of rough diamonds gets a certificate, confirming that these stones are not associated with the conflict. Diamond mining and trading, which was known as a murky business in the 90s, is now an example to follow in the field of transparency. This is our great merit.
NEW YORK, NY, September 12, 2016 — World Diamond Council (WDC) members from across the globe gathered in New York City last Thursday for the organization’s 12th Annual General Meeting (AGM). Hosted by the United States Jewelry Council (USJC) and generously supported by Signet Jewelers, ABN Amro Bank, De Beers Group, Brinks, UL and JCK, more than 100 representatives from the diamond industry, government, civil society and media came together to study new proposals for current industry self-regulation procedures, as well as proposals for the Kimberley Process (KP) review process to be engaged in 2017.
NEW YORK, NY, August 4, 2016 — The World Diamond Council (WDC) has announced that its 12th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City from Sept. 7 – 9. Hosted by the newly formed United States Jewelry Council (USJC), the body that brings together the views and actions of the U.S. jewelry industry trade associations relative to responsible and sustainable sourcing, the meeting is being generously sponsored by Signet Jewelers, the Premier and Gala Sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include ABN AMRO Bank, Brink’s and UL.
Among the items to be discussed during the AGM are the current agenda of the Kimberley Process (KP), the implementation of the WDC’s first-ever Strategic Plan, and an enhanced communications platform positioning the WDC as the industry voice to respond to KP and conflict diamond-related issues.
NEW YORK, NY, July 14, 2016 - The World Diamond Council (WDC) announced yesterday that the Board of Directors elected Mr. Stephane Fischler as Vice President of the WDC. As a founding member of the WDC, Mr. Fischler has been actively involved in the WDC since its inception.
The WDC is a collective of members representing the entire international diamond industry supply chain, from mining through retail. The group represents the diamond industry in the development and implementation of systems developed by the United Nations and the Kimberley Process (KP) to eradicate and prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate diamond trade.
Honorable KP Chair, distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
On behalf of the WDC I would like to thank the Chair and his team, for the brilliant work that was done to facilitate this productive intercessional here in Dubai.
I would like also to thank the delegations of Australia, EU, US, China, India, UAE, Zimbabwe, DDI and others for the opportunities to exchange our opinions on the current KP agenda, heads and participants of the working groups, all who worked as the team 24 hours a day all this week. Let me summarize what WDC worked on during this intercessional.
Honorable KP Chair Mr. Ahmed Bin Sulayem,
distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
First of all, allow me on behalf of the WDC to thank the UAE for their warm hospitality and professionalism in organizing all the KP activities in 2016.
Today is the first time I address you as the President of the World Diamond Council. I would like to use this opportunity to express my opinion as the diamond business representative.
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, May 23, 2016 - The World Diamond Council (WDC) today announced that Mr. Andrey Polyakov has assumed the elected position of President of the WDC.
Mr. Polyakov served as Vice President of the WDC since 2015 and now succeeds Mr. Edward Asscher whose two-year term as President concluded on May 22, 2016.
The WDC is a collective of members representing the entire international diamond industry supply chain, from mining through retail. The group represents the diamond industry in the development and implementation of regulatory and voluntary systems developed by the United Nations and the Kimberley Process to eradicate the trade of conflict diamonds.
WDC Member Breakfast Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7:45 a.m. RiRa Restaurant, Mandalay Bay Hotel
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April 28, 2016 — South China Morning Post - Letter to the Editor Re: Article titled: Ethical Journey Continues
We at the World Diamond Council, as the representative organization of the global diamond and jewellery industry at the Kimberley Process (KP), agree that consumers should be able to buy diamonds with the confidence that they are not involved in human rights abuses but are sourced in a way that supports local communities. We also agree that there is more work to be done and we are committed to a process of continuous improvement.
March 23, 2016 — The World Diamond Council (WDC) extends its sincere and heartfelt condolences to the victims of the horrific attacks which took place at Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro station in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday, March 22nd.
“We are devastated by these horrific acts of terrorism,” stated Edward Asscher, president of the World Diamond Council. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their relatives.
October 19, 2015 — The World Diamond Council (WDC) concluded its 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Moscow, Russia during which the WDC Board unanimously approved Mr. Andrey Polyakov of ALROSA as Vice President of the WDC. Mr. Polyakov, Vice President for ALROSA, fills the position left vacant by Mr. Andrew Bone’s recent retirement from De Beers and the WDC Board. Per the WDC Bylaws, Mr. Polyakov will succeed Mr. Edward Asscher, current WDC President, when Mr. Asscher’s two year term as President expires in May of 2016.
October 7, 2015— The World Diamond Council (WDC) has issued a statement in response to the recently published report by Amnesty International focusing on the global diamond supply chain and the Central African Republic.
August 5, 2015 — The 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the World Diamond Council (WDC) will take place in Moscow, Russia from October 12 to 14, 2015. Hosted by WDC member and well known Russian diamond mining company ALROSA, delegates will consider a number of topics relating to the Kimberley Process (KP), and the engagement of the WDC and the industry with the KP.
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has announced an update to the WDC web site to provide easier access to the System of Warranties guidelines.
The System of Warranties (SoW) is a voluntary system of industry self-regulation created to support and strengthen the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.
On an ongoing basis, the united leadership of the diamond industry is more inclined than ever before to continue formulating and implementing improved ethical business standards, said Edward Asscher, President of the World Diamond Council, in his address late last week to the World Diamond Conference in New Delhi, India.
Mr. Asscher was one of a group of industry leaders from India and across the globe to address the gathering, which featured opening speeches by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and the visiting Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
Members of the World Diamond Council (WDC), gathering in Delhi, India, for an informal meeting, have issued a statement emphasizing their strong and unequivocal support of the WDC's mission and its leadership position in the struggle against conflict diamonds.
"In response to the various reports in the media about the WDC, we wish to reiterate that we value the role the WDC plays in the Kimberley Process (KP) and, by extension, the meaningful role of the KP in the global diamond industry and trade. We therefore call attention to the WDC's mission statement and reconfirm and pledge our continuous and full support to the WDC and its objectives," the statement notes.
The strengthening of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme stood atop the agenda of the delegation of the World Diamond Council, which joined representatives of governments from more than 50 countries and civil society NGOs at the four-day Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting, which concluded in Guangzhou, China, on November 14.
WDC President Edward Asscher headed the delegation of 12 diamond and jewelry industry representatives from around the world attending the 2014 KP Plenary Meeting.
“We should always remember that millions of people are depending on the well-being of the diamond industry for their livelihoods. From the miners and their families in the producing countries, through to the polishing and trading centers, the jewelry manufacturers and the retailers, we all need to face the future and contribute together to make the diamond world a better, safer and more transparent industry. We can only do so if we work together,” said Edward Asscher, President of the World Diamond Council.
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has made contact with the African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), offering its support in dealing with the impact on the mining sector of the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
ADPA is a union of African diamond mining countries, working as to advance the common interests of the continent’s diamond producers. The organization has 18 member countries, of which 11 are permanent members and seven are observers.
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has concluded its 2014 Annual General Meeting in Antwerp, Belgium, during which the WDC members considered and discussed a range of issues associated with the role played by industry within the Kimberley Process (KP), and related matters, including banking policies when confronted with inconsistent implementation of KP standards by companies and countries.
Also considered were the supply chain risks impacting on KP compliance.
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has named Patricia Syvrud, founder and president of Joia Consulting, LLC, as its first Executive Director, effective October 31, 2014.
Syvrud will report to the Executive Committee of the WDC Board of Directors and will assist the President of the WDC. She will be responsible for representing the WDC in the Kimberley Process, as well as providing overall leadership and strategic direction to the organization.
Members of the World Diamond Council will assemble in Antwerp, October 28 to October 30, for the organization’s 2014 Annual General Meeting. Among the guests will be Philippe Mellier, De Beers CEO, who will address a special all-day session on October 29, which will focus on issues associated with the Kimberley Process, 14 years after its establishment, and the associated role of the WDC in relation to the risks facing the KP.
The World Diamond Council has initiated an international search for an Executive Director to head the organization, under the authority of the WDC President and Executive Committee. It will be the first time that the industry organization dedicated to the elimination of the trade in the conflict diamonds will head by a salaried administrator.
The World Diamond Council has issued a warning that, despite the Administrative Decision of the Kimberley Process of May 23, 2013, which ordered the temporary suspension of trading in diamonds from the Central African Republic (CAR), production of diamonds in that country is continuing and there is evidence of diamonds from the CAR reaching the markets.
Speaking this morning at the Intersessional Meeting of the Kimberley Process In Shanghai, Edward Asscher, President of the World Diamond Council, stressed that the mandate of the KP should remain focused on eliminating the trade in diamonds from areas of conflict.
The following is the full text of Mr. Asscher’s address:
Vice Minister Wei Chuanzhong, Chair of the Kimberley Process;
Edward Asscher, President of the World Diamond Council, and Vice Minister Wei Chuanzhong, Chair of the Kimberley Process, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Antwerp on Friday, May 23, formalizing the agreement for 2014 between the two organizations, according to which WDC finances and operates the Administrative Support Mechanism (ASM) on behalf of the Kimberley Process.
The Board of Directors of the World Diamond Council has elected a new President, Vice President and Treasurer of the organization. Edward Asscher, a fifth generation diamantaire who heads the Royal Asscher Diamond Company of the Netherlands, was elected WDC President. Andrew Bone, head of Government & Industry Relations of the De Beers Group was elected WDC Vice President, and Ronnie VanderLinden, representative of the U.S. Coalition and president of the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association of America (DMIA), was elected WDC Treasurer.
The vote for WDC officers took place during the first formal meeting of organization’s 20-person Board of Directors, which was elected on April 28 by a vote of the organization’s full membership. According to the WDC statutes, the new President will serve a single two-year term, following which he will be succeeded by the sitting Vice President.
The membership of the World Diamond Council has elected a new Board of Directors, in the first such poll conducted under the organization’s amended bylaws, which were approved in November 2013.
The new WDC Board comprises 20 members, equally distributed among five diamond industry sectors, and reflects the geographical diversity of the supply chain.
Pursuant to Article 7 of the 2013 Consolidated Amendments of the Bylaws of the World Diamond Council, the WDC President appointed the Chair and Members of the Nominating Committee.
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A Special Meeting of the World Diamond Council Members will be held virtually, by electronic means, on April 28, 2014. The purpose of the virtual Special Meeting is to elect a new Board of Directors for the World Diamond Council.
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The World Diamond Council has begun the implementation of the reform of the organization, according to the roadmap provided by its newly amended bylaws, which were approved by a vote of the full membership last November. The reforms are designed to ensure that WDC remains reflective of the composition of the international diamond and jewelry sectors, to ensure a transparent decision-making process and to provide financial stability over the long term.