Kimberley Confusion

A year after the launch of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, much of the industry still is not fulfilling the requirements. That's the conclusion of a JCK Retail Panel survey that asked jewelers whether they require their suppliers to put "conflict-free" assurances on their gems. Fewer than 50% said they did—even though virtually every industry association requires it. Some said they tried, to no avail. "We have asked [our suppliers] but get nothing," one retailer wrote. "It's a joke. Try and require and see what it gets you." A slim majority said that most of their diamonds come with "conflict-free" warrants, and that they have a policy for dealing with customer inquiries. Some 60% said they're having staff members learn about the issue. The JCK survey comes on the heels of a report from nongovernmental organization Global Witness, which found that nearly all the sales
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