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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

DDI 2013 fundraising campaign off to a Great Start with Funding from IDMA and the AWDC

IDMA among first organizations to contribute 
to DDI fundraising campaign

The International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) was among the first industry associations to help kick start the annual industry fundraising campaign of the Diamond Development Initiative International (DDI International). IDMA is among the first contributors, along with the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC).
IDMA Secretary General Ronnie VanderLinden said his organization fully supports DDI's goals and principles. "Our mission statement says clearly that IDMA "works to encourage fair and honorable practices and decent working conditions for those employed in the diamond industry,"VanderLinden said.
"We therefore fully underwrite the DDI's endeavors to achieve fair prices, safe working conditions, education, and the safeguarding of human rights: in the African and South American diamond industry. In our view, by financing, promoting and advancing these efforts, we will also achieve greater consumer confidence in diamonds and diamond jewelry products," he added.

IDMA Treasurer Stéphane Fischler, speaking in his capacity as President of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre said: "We hope that our contribution[s] will encourage others in the industry to join this campaign and to help build a solid base for DDI's excellent work in Africa and South America. DDI is working to improve the lives of people who are very much part of our industry."

About DDIDDI was started five years ago as a way of bringing industry, governments and civil society together to tackle the problem of Africa's 1.5 million artisan diamond diggers. The diamonds they produce and the places they work are where conflict diamonds began and where the potential for renewed violence remains. Although the diamond wars have ended and the Kimberley Process tracks the international rough diamond trade, little has changed for the average digger, who earns a dollar a day, working under appalling conditions

About IDMA
IDMA was founded and convened for the first time in 1946, in Antwerp. It is committed to fostering and promoting the highest ideals of honesty and best practice principles throughout the global diamond industry, as well as full compliance with all relevant national and international laws. The organization has developed and adopted a Code of Conduct, which is binding on all 15 member associations. IDMA also works to encourage fair and honorable practices and decent working conditions for industry employees; and to preserve, protect and promote consumer trust and confidence in diamonds. It encourages and supports social responsibility by the industry in respect to all citizens of the world.The Association has played an active role in establishing the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and is a co-founder of the World Diamond Council.

Source:   IDMA Press Release

Monday, October 22, 2012



The JCK Industry Fund is currently accepting grant applications from individuals, groups or associations whose work results in the betterment of the overall jewelry industry. The JCK Industry Fund awards hundreds of thousands of dollars each year across multiple entities whose programs and services help the overall industry. 

The deadline for submission is December 15, 2012.

Now in its 15th year, this fund awards grants to projects that: (1) improve the image of the jewelry industry in the eyes of the consumer, and/or (2) aids jewelry industry organizations in addressing serious problems faced within the industry, and/or (3) assists internal organizations and associations in developing training materials. 

"Being able to give back each year to the industry in which we all benefit from, is very rewarding," said Yancy Weinrich, Group Vice President, JCK. "Our industry continues to evolve, and so do the programs that our associations, organizations and individuals have developed. I am very proud of this annual contribution and encourage all organizations to consider submitting their grant proposal."
Past winners have included Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), The American Gem Society (AGS), The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), The Jewelers Security Alliance (JSA), Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) and the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA).

In order to be considered, applicants must submit a formal proposal in writing directly to JCK and include all of the following elements: The purpose of the grant; the amount requested; timing for allocation of monies and a plan for its allocation; historical budget data; measurable expected benefits; and an agreement outlining JCK's right to conduct financial auditing of funds allocated to ensure suitable usage.  

All applications will be reviewed and final recipients will be chosen by a Fund Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from the manufacturing and retail segment, as well as JCK. The recipients will be chosen based upon their synergy with the overall core goals and intentions of the Fund. Winners are notified in early 2013 and a formal announcement listing the winners will be distributed.

To apply for the JCK Industry Fund click here: 

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