At Rio Tinto Diamonds we acknowledge that our reputation is tied to the practices of everyone who touches our diamonds, so collaboration is a vital element of how we conduct our business. We have partnered with leading industry and international organisations to ensure the integrity and reliability of the diamond pipeline from mine to market.
Rio Tinto is proud to be a founding member of the Diamond Producers Association (DPA), the first organisation to represent diamond producers at an international level. Its primary aim is to support the development of the diamond sector and maintain consumer confidence in diamonds.
We are also a founding member of The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), a not-for-profit industry organisation with a mandate to promote responsible, ethical, social and environmental practices throughout the diamond, gold and platinum jewellery supply chain from mine to retail. Essentially membership of the RJC signals to both consumers and other industry participants an organisation's commitment to meeting international best standards in the work place and in its business relationships. The RJC's certification system requires Members to be audited by accredited, third party auditors to verify their conformance with the Council's standards, which are set out in its Code of Practices.
Additionally, we have taken an active leadership role in the World Diamond Council (WDC), which represents the diamond industry in the Kimberley Process. Under the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, each shipment of rough diamonds must be accompanied by government validated certificate and shipped only to countries that are participants in the Kimberley Process. To help strengthen the Kimberley Process, the WDC developed a System of Warranties to help assure consumers of the origin of diamonds. Under the System of Warranties, buyers and sellers of rough and polished diamonds must provide a statement guaranteeing that the diamonds are conflict free.
More recently, we have partnered with the Diamond Empowerment Fund, an international not-for-profit organisation supporting education initiatives in diamond producing countries, on a number of programmes aimed at raising awareness of the Diamonds Empowerment Fund’s ‘Diamonds Do Good’ mission. The initiative aims to build awareness of the positive impact that diamonds have around the world in the local communities in which they are mined. Since the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s establishment in 2007, it has funded projects that have proven success in providing youth with high-quality education, including skill building and vocational training initiatives around the globe.