Our Policy on Conflict-free Diamonds
We require all of our suppliers to provide us with a written warranty, stating that their diamonds come from Kimberley-certified sources and are not involved in funding conflict. The warranty statement, which was officially recognized at the creation of the Kimberley Process, reads: The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations Resolutions. The seller hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the suppliers of these diamonds.
DIAMONDS FROM ZIMBABWE
Our company acknowledges Zimbabwe’s achievement in meeting the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme minimum requirements, but notes that, regardless of Zimbabwe returning to full Kimberley Process status, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control continues to enforce legal sanctions that prohibit all dealings, both directly and through third parties, with a number of Zimbabwean entities that own, control or are involved in the export of Zimbabwean diamonds. As a result, we exercise appropriate due diligence with business partners, including taking additional precautionary measures for inventory protection in order to ensure compliance with U.S. law and maintain consumer confidence in diamonds. Specifically, we continue to require our suppliers to provide additional written reassurances, beyond the World Diamond Council’s System of Warranties statement, that the diamonds they supply have not been obtained in violation of applicable national laws and/or sanctions.