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Anglo American

The Anglo American Group Foundation contributes to the formalization of the artisanal diamond mining sector as a regular major supporter of the Diamond Development Initiative and its programs in favour of artisanal diamond miners and their communities.

Jonathan Samuel, Group Head of Social Performance for Anglo American, says “The Anglo American Group Foundation is excited by DDI’s ability to catalyse systemic change in the artisanal mining sector, benefiting miners, their communities and, ultimately, diamond consumers worldwide.”

The Anglo American Group Foundation was founded in 2005 and is funded by Anglo American plc, one of the world’s largest mining companies, which prides itself on being a responsible business partner. Anglo American seeks to ensure that its impacts contribute to sustainable livelihoods in the communities in which it operates and the Foundation was founded on the same principles.

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Antwerp World Diamond Centre

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre is helping improve the conditions of artisanal diamond miners and their communities by providing regular operational support to DDI.

Stéphane Fischler, President, says, “The Antwerp World Diamond Centre firmly believes in the work of DDI, and has been a partner of DDI for several years. The organization is doing exceptional work in formalizing the artisanal diamond industry, and in inserting ethics and good business practices in the diamond value chain. The Maendeleo Diamond Standards clearly demonstrate that artisanal diamond mining can be done in a sustainable and responsible way, supporting and improving the livelihood of millions of families.”

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) is an industry-established foundation, whose mission is to serve and support the diamond business in Antwerp, the world's most important diamond trade hub. AWDC actively promotes support for the diamond sector at home and abroad.

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De Beers

The De Beers Group of Companies has been supporting the work of DDI in the formalization of the artisanal mining sector since 2008.

Feriel Zerouki, Head of Government and Industry Relations, says “De Beers is committed to supporting credible industry-wide initiatives that reinforce stakeholder and consumer confidence. De Beers has supported DDI since its inception, and commends the organization on the hard work and efforts it has delivered so far.”

De Beers is a member of the Anglo American group. Established in 1888, De Beers is the world’s leading diamond company with expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. 

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UL Consumer and Retail Services

UL Consumer and Retail Services contributes its supply chain expertise to DDI by supporting the development and updating of Maendeleo Diamond Standards and providing third-party auditing services.

Denis Koh, Vice President, UL Consumer and Retail Services, says, “UL is dedicated to advancing sustainable business practices within supply chains worldwide. We fully support DDI’s efforts to enable the responsible artisanal production of alluvial diamonds through the Maendeleo Diamond Standards.”

As one of the world’s largest providers of supply chain auditing and monitoring services, UL is a global leader in testing, inspections, and responsible sourcing. UL provides innovative services across the jewelry, gemological and precious metals industries.

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