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Social and Ethical Issues Archive

" Introduction
" Backgrounders on Countries in the News
" News Headlines


Introduction

During the past five years, the jewelry industry has begun to address its social and ethical responsibilties to the people and countries where its products are mined, made and sold. Among the topics the industry has tackled include health, safety and environmental issues; terrorist and other illegal exploitation of precious commodities; and disclosure issues concerning gems and metals.

Professional Jeweler has been reporting on these topics since we began publishing in the late 1990s. Among the highlights recorded here over the years: The long development of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme to fight conflict diamonds, the USA Patriot Act regulations to fight terrorist exploitation, and the introduction of various private industry codes of conduct to foster ethical business practices at all levels from miners and suppliers down to retailers. Not only are trade associations acting, but so are charitable organizations such as the Jewelers Charity Fund, which is underwriting AIDS and other disease prevention efforts in Africa. Private companies are also doing their part, such as De Beers covering the costs of anti-retroviral drugs to fight the HIV virus among its workers in Africa.

Becoming aware of these issues going forward will be critical to jewelers' business success in the 21st century. Consumers' ever-growing consciousness about topics as diverse as human rights and gemstone disclosure make the jewelry industry a vulnerable target for boycott campaigns and exposes that cast unwanted negative spotlight. This archive will help you stay posted on any new crises, as well as industry response and action.

The Editors of Professional Jeweler


Backgrounders on Countries in the News

Professional Jeweler's backgrounders give you a short history of various countries that have been in the news on social, ethical and environmental issues involving the jewelry industry. Use these articles to learn more about the countries in which gems, metals and jewelry are sourced.


2006 News Headlines

  • 03/17/06 -
  • Report Calls for Investigation into Illegal Brazil Diamond Trade

2005 News Headlines

  • 05/31/05 -
  • IGI Selling Jewelers for Children Bracelets at JCK Show
  • 05/03/05 -
  • Michigan Jeweler Sentenced for Swapping Stones
  • 05/02/05 -
  • U.N. Concerned About Liberian Diamond Activity
  • 03/31/05 -
  • U.N. to Stay Involved in DRC and Liberia
  • 03/28/05 -
  • Diamonds for Humanity Print Ad Debuts
  • 03/10/05 -
  • Human Rights Group Hails Tiffany Refusal to Buy Myanmar-Mined Gems
  • 03/09/05 -
  • Diamond Development Initiative Formed
  • 03/07/05 -
  • Tiffany Reverses Course on Myanmar Gems
  • 02/23/05 -
  • Madagascar Liberalizes Gem Trade
  • 02/16/05 -
  • Tiffany Resumes Buying Gems Mined in Myanmar
  • 01/11/05 -
  • Labs Issue Ruby Alerts

2004 News Headlines

  • 12/22/04 -
  • U.N. Extends Liberian Diamond Ban
  • 12/21/04 -
  • U.S. Settles Nazi 'Gold Train' Lawsuit
  • 12/16/04 -
  • Leaded Jewelry Found to Cause Harm to Kids
  • 12/09/04 -
  • Consumers Say Corporate Social Issues Count
  • 12/08/04 -
  • Global Witness Says Liberian Sanctions Must Stay
  • 12/07/04 -
  • Antwerp Court Convicts in Conflict Diamond Case
  • 11/22/04 -
  • Rapaport To Support Digger Cooperatives in Sierra Leone
  • 11/08/04 -
  • Tiffany's Kowalski Speaks Out on Social Responsibility
  • 11/01/04 -
  • eBay Educates Sellers on FTC Guides
  • 10/26/04 -
  • Kimberley Controls Flawed in Many Countries
  • 10/08/04 -
  • UN Won't Lift Liberia Sanctions Yet
  • 10/07/04 -
  • JVC Finds Undercarated Diamond Weights in 65% of Jewelry Tested
  • 09/24/04 -
  • Grumblings in Diamond Land
  • 09/21/04 -
  • CIBJO Consumer Confidence Commission Meets; JA Moves Forward on Corporate Responsibility Initiative
  • 08/30/04 -
  • Bushmen in U.S. to Complain About Diamond Mining
  • 08/26/04 -
  • Diamond Miners Offer To Settle in Botswana
  • 08/12/04 -
  • Republic of Congo Seeking Kimberley Reinstatement
  • 08/09/04 -
  • AP Reports More Al Qaeda/Diamond Links
  • 08/04/04 -
  • DRC Takes Steps to Combat Illicit Diamond Sales
  • 07/21/04 -
  • CIBJO to Create Social Responsibility Standards
  • 07/16/04 -
  • WDC Endorses Kimberley Expelling Congo
  • 07/12/04 -
  • Congo-Brazzaville Expelled from Kimberley
  • 07/07/04 -
  • Rubies With Glass Treatment Seen
  • 06/28/04 -
  • Diamonds/Al Qaeda Link Exists, Says U.N.
  • 06/24/04 -
  • Angola's Diamond Diggers Abused, Says Report
  • 06/21/04 -
  • U.N. Continues Liberian Diamond Embargo
  • 06/15/04 -
  • Congo Brazzaville Admits to Diamond Trafficking
  • 06/03/04 -
  • Kimberley Team Inspects Congo-Brazzaville
  • 06/01/04 -
  • U.N. Court Says Terrorists Converted Cash to Diamonds
  • 05/28/04 -
  • De Beers Group Wins Awards for HIV/AIDS Projects
  • 05/26/04 -
  • NWT and De Beers Sign Environmental and Social Pacts
  • 05/14/04 -
  • De Beers Cleared of U.N. DRC Charges; Botswana Denies Link Between Iman and Bushmen
  • 05/11/04 -
  • Angola Ceases Expulsion of Congolese Diamond Miners
  • 05/05/04 -
  • Diamonds & Terrorism Book Published
  • 04/28/04 -
  • AGTA GTC to Issue "Standard Heat Treatment" Reports
  • 04/27/04 -
  • Human Rights Abuses Reported on Diamond Miners Near Angola-DRC Border
  • 04/16/04 -
  • GIA to Issue "Standard Heat Treatment" Reports for Sapphire Treatment
  • 04/08/04 -
  • Arab Militants Threaten Antwerp Diamond Trade
  • 04/07/04 -
  • Steinmetz to Develop Sierra Leone Diamond Mine
  • 04/01/04 -
  • WDC Proposes Annual Reports to Monitor Kimberley Compliance
  • 04/01/04 -
  • Diamantaire Pleads Guilty in Terror Sting Case
  • 03/31/04 -
  • WDC Meeting Addresses Kimberley Progress
  • 03/30/04 -
  • Retailers Fail Kimberley Test, Says Global Witness
  • 03/08/04 -
  • Diamond Trade Still Vulnerable to Money Laundering, Says U.S. Report
  • 02/23/04 -
  • "Dirty Gold" Campaign Targets Gold Miners
  • 02/19/04 -
  • JA Adopts Supplier Code of Conduct

2003 News Headlines

  • 12/19/03 -
  • Treasury Department Disputes Diamonds and Terrorism Report
  • 12/15/03 -
  • Diamonds Still Linked to Terrorism, Says Report
  • 12/03/03 -
  • JVC Lauches Web Help for Patriot Act
  • 11/26/03 -
  • Labs Near Consensus on HPHT Nomenclature
  • 11/20/03 -
  • More Consumers Plan Cause-Related Holiday Shopping
  • 11/07/03 -
  • Clinton Praises Kimberley Progress at Antwerp Diamond Conference
  • 10/31/03 -
  • Kimberley Group Votes for Voluntary Monitoring
  • 10/30/03 -
  • DRC Problems Threaten Kimberley System
  • 10/23/03 -
  • USA Patriot Act Workshop Scheduled
  • 10/21/03 -
  • WDC Urges Kimberley Compliance, Peer Review
  • 10/10/03 -
  • AGTA Describes Emerging Sapphire Treatment
  • 09/29/03 -
  • Consumers Asked to Sign Conflict Diamond Pledge
  • 09/08/03 -
  • Jewelry Store Robbers in Indonesia Sentenced for Financing Bali Terrorist Attack
  • 09/02/03 -
  • Fighting Continues in Liberia's Diamond Region; U.N. Troops Due Oct. 1
  • 08/14/03 -
  • New York Gem Dealer Arrested In FBI Missile Sting
  • 08/07/03 -
  • Kimberley Confirms 53 Participants
  • 07/30/03 -
  • One in Four Consumers Aware of Conflict Diamonds, Says Study
  • 07/29/03 -
  • Kimberley Will Have Force of Law in U.S.
  • 07/21/03 -
  • U.S. Will Ban Imports from Myanmar
  • 07/16/03 -
  • De Beers Plans Return to DRC
  • 07/01/03 -
  • CAR Gets Kimberley Approval
  • 06/27/03 -
  • Global Witness Presses Industry To Monitor Self Regulation
  • 06/23/03 -
  • Sierra Leone Plans for Diamond Expansion
  • 06/19/03 -
  • China's Jewelry Workers Develop Occupational Disease
  • 05/01/03 -
  • Kimberley Nations Make Some Progress
  • 04/30/03 -
  • Oppenheimer Champions Kimberley Monitoring
  • 04/28/03 -
  • Bush Signs Clean Diamond Act
  • 04/24/03 -
  • Industry Presents Comments on Patriot Act
  • 04/18/03 -
  • Human Rights Group Calls on Industry To Investigate Ties Between Terrorists and Diamonds
  • 04/16/03 -
  • U.N. General Assembly Supports Kimberley
  • 04/10/03 -
  • U.S. House Passes Act Giving Customs Kimberley Authority
  • 03/25/03 -
  • Central African Republic's Kimberley Participation Questioned
  • 03/12/03 -
  • Retailers Buying Mostly from Industry Sources Exempt from Patriot Act Compliance
  • 03/04/03 -
  • WTO Makes Exception for Kimberley Rules
  • 02/20/03 -
  • Thai Dealers Agree to Disclose Corundum Treatment
  • 02/13/03 -
  • WDC Guide to Kimberley Process Now Available
  • 02/10/03 -
  • Associations Issue Joint Statement on Diffusion Treatment at Tucson
  • 02/03/03 -
  • U.N. Expresses Support for Kimberley Process
  • 01/09/03 -
  • U.S. Kimberley Process Authority Consolidated
  • 01/06/03 -
  • Al Qaeda Converted $20 Million Into Diamonds

2002 News Headlines

  • 12/17/02 -
  • WFDB Urges Full Kimberley Implementation
  • 12/13/02 -
  • JA Issues Guidance to Members on Kimberley Process Compliance
  • 12/10/02 -
  • WSJLinks Gold, Diamonds and South Africa to Terrorists
  • 12/09/02 -
  • U.S. Has New Agency to Issue Kimberley Certificates
  • 11/27/02 -
  • JVC Identifies Underkarated Jewelry for CBS
  • 11/06/02 -
  • Fifty Nations Adopt Kimberley Certification Scheme
  • 10/30/02 -
  • WDC Approves System of Warranties to Support Kimberley
  • 10/25/02 -
  • Amnesty International: Human Rights Violated in Congo Diamond Fields
  • 10/24/02 -
  • Corundum Diffusion Treatment Due to Beryllium
  • 10/23/02 -
  • U.N.: Diamond Companies Among Congo "Plunderers"
  • 10/18/02 -
  • Diamond Smuggling Continues from Liberia
  • 10/11/02 -
  • WDC Pledges Industry Will Play Active Role in Kimberley Rules
  • 10/09/02 -
  • Antwerp Conference Says Conflict Crisis is Over
  • 09/18/02 -
  • U.S. Can Enforce Kimberley Rules Without Legislation
  • 09/13/02 -
  • Sierra Leone Asks Peacekeepers to Stay
  • 09/12/02 -
  • JCF Dinner Will Honor Forte and Runci
  • 09/06/02 -
  • Al Qaeda Gold Shipments Continue
  • 08/29/02 -
  • Botswana May Lose 30% of Economic Growth to HIV
  • 08/27/02 -
  • Diamonds in Conflict Update
  • 08/08/02 -
  • EU Plans Tough Conflict Diamond Rules
  • 07/02/02 -
  • Human Rights Groups and WDC Urge U.S. to Enact Legislation
  • 06/21/02 -
  • Fatal Accident at Tanzanite Mine
  • 06/19/02 -
  • Al Qaeda Shifted Funds to Gold, Gems, Before Sept. 11
  • 06/03/02 -
  • JCF Raises Record Amount
  • 05/30/02 -
  • GIA and AGTA Update Wording for New Corundum Treatment
  • 05/29/02 -
  • Congress Urges Diamond Sanctions; U.N. Explores Terrorist Links
  • 05/23/02 -
  • Sapphire Treatment Source Revealed
  • 04/30/02 -
  • Tucson Tanzanite Protocols Moving Forward
  • 04/17/02 -
  • Anglo American Drops AIDS Plan
  • 04/04/02 -
  • Human Rights Groups Nominated For Nobel Prize by U.S. Legislators
  • 03/28/02 -
  • CIBJO Affirms Kimberley Process, Tanzanite Protocol
  • 03/27/02 -
  • Kimberley Process to Launch in November; Group Addresses Criticisms
  • 03/21/02 -
  • U.S. Senators Introduce Another Conflict Diamonds Bill
  • 03/19/02 -
  • UN Urges Completion of Kimberley Process; WDC Endorses System of Warranties
  • 03/12/02 -
  • Tanzanite Task Force Sends Export Recommendations to Tanzania
  • 02/28/02 -
  • Labs Avoid Diffusion Description for New Corundum Treatment
  • 02/27/02 -
  • Industry Creates Tanzanite Task Force
  • 02/22/02 -
  • Conflict Diamond Update
  • 02/22/02 -
  • Tanzania Takes Measures to Protect Tanzanite
  • 02/20/02 -
  • Spotlight on al Qaeda's Use of Gold
  • 02/15/02 -
  • Sept. 11 Suit Filed Against Tanzanite Dealer and TAMIDA
  • 02/12/02 -
  • Tanzanite Cleared, but Gem Community Warned
  • 02/08/02 -
  • Tanzanite Meeting Scheduled for Feb. 9
  • 01/29/02 -
  • GIA Releases New Corundum Treatment Report
  • 01/24/02 -
  • Labs and Experts Question Whether Diffusion Causes Corundum Color Change
  • 01/23/02 -
  • Underkarating Exposé Airs
  • 01/21/02 -
  • Corundum Diffusion Treatment Includes Rubies
  • 01/18/02 -
  • WSJClaims Proof of Tanzanite/al Qaeda Link, U.S.Task Force Says No Proof Yet
  • 01/16/02 -
  • Nothing Proven in Tanzanite Allegations
  • 01/15/02 -
  • Zale Drops Tanzanite
  • 01/04/02 -
  • Padparadscha Treatment Surfaces
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