interview with the kimberley process chair
Even though I am disappointed that more progress has not been made to re-define the standards of the Kimberley Process (especially with a US representative as chair) at least the public is able to hear direct statements from Gillian Milovanovic, who currently serves as the KP Chair. Ms. Milovanovic is interviewed by Michelle Graff in her latest piece for the National Jeweler Network which can be read here. My thoughts:
Seems there is a tiptoe through the words “human rights.” The KP sets the stage with their diamond standards to keep “conflict” diamonds out of the hands of retailers and consumers. I believe the word “conflict” by definition should include violations to human rights. The question that arises is this: What would the impact exactly be on the industry should the KP include certain guidelines related to human rights in their set of standards. I have my own set of thoughts on this, but would love if someone deeper in the diamond industry could clearly and publicly explain the pros/cons for all to understand. As a small business owner and one who advocates sustainable practices in jewelry making, I would love to help develop solutions to support the industry instead of ban it or hurt it but cannot do that while there is political tiptoeing around the subject. Without transparency it is difficult to make clear decisions or even execute a willingness to help. All in all I am disappointed with the lack of transparency and would have loved to see a stronger push for reform in the KP standards. It is difficult to know if South Africa will push harder when they take over as chair next year… Anyone care to chime in and shed some light?