When a Summer of 2021 meeting of the Kimberley Process (KP) turned contentious, I observed hope.
This is not an endeavor to “find a silver lining” in a awful condition. I was nowhere close to this assembly, have no interactions to this team and only needle them online on celebration. But this time, for when, I saw more and a lot more people gathering online to accept what was going on in front of our eyes. And that what is going on is a immediate resistance to accountability or oversight.
The KP resists oversight at every single change and in the method, they shoot on their own and the diamond market in the foot. The Kimberley Process Civil Culture, an business created to offer accountability to the KP, could not sway KP associates to hold by themselves accountable. Preventing observers to an opaque method like the KP will not create belief and it turns the whole process into the punchline to a darkish joke. In quick, each time the KP refuses accountability, a lab-grown diamond receives its wings.
You could possibly think that I would really feel disappointed or all set to toss in the towel, but no. I know that I am not on your own in this anymore. More than ever, jewelers, activists, people, and miners close to the earth identify this as a damaged technique. And we are acquiring new means to do the job together outside the house of it. Designers are embracing mine-to-sector gemstones for their elegance and their transparency. Consumers are much more inclined than ever to seek out the most moral jewellery they can obtain. Businesses and activists are doing the job with mining communities to locate new means to work alongside one another. This all offers me hope for a future jewellery industry with fairness created proper in.
The enthusiasm is there, the need for a lot more moral diamonds is there, but the path to acquiring them is whole of road blocks. Clearing the route to a much more ethical technique needs transparency and political will. If they are unable to do it, then we will.
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