The Forevermark promise means not only that each Forevermark diamond is beautiful and rare but also that it has been responsibly sourced. The Forevermark responsible sourcing standards apply throughout the entire journey of a Forevermark diamond, ensuring that each Forevermark diamond can be given or worn with pride.
Forevermark is proud to lead the industry with regard to responsible sourcing.
Forevermark is proud to lead the industry with regard
to responsible sourcing.
SELECTING OUR MINING SOURCES
Forevermark has established various business, social and environmental requirements that must be adhered to by all of our mining sources. These are assessed firstly via the country of origin, followed by the individual diamond mining company. Forevermark selects eligible countries based on a number of variables, including Kimberley Process membership, a positive and proven human rights record, a stable and acceptable political climate, and a stable and acceptable socio-economic situation.
Once a country has been determined eligible, Forevermark then examines the individual diamond mining company. The company must meet a number of specific criteria, such as listing on a reputable stock exchange and/or mining membership of the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC). The company must also publish an Annual Report, and its ethical policies must be publicly available. Forevermark also looks into the actual operations of each mining company, examining the key areas of company management and employee welfare in terms of safety and security, as well as benefits such as training and education.
It is an important element of the Forevermark promise that our diamonds are sourced from mines that not only comply with our strict political, financial, social and environmental requirements, but also actually benefit the communities in which they are operating. To assess this, Forevermark analyzes the impact on the local area, investigating areas such as health, education and training, investment in the local community infrastructure, and best practices regarding the local environment and ecology.
Forevermark diamonds come from mines in countries such as Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Australia and Canada.
BEYOND THE KIMBERLEY PROCESS
The Kimberley Process is an international certification program that was established in 2003 to prevent the sale of “conflict diamonds” – diamonds which are illegally traded to fund conflicts.
Forevermark’s sourcing standards have been developed to add assurance over and above the Kimberley Process, providing extra confidence. While the Kimberley Process only covers the country of origin, Forevermark looks at the individual mine and mining company as well as the country of origin. Not all countries that fall within the Kimberley Process qualify to provide Forevermark diamonds due to our stringent social, business and environmental standards. Furthermore, if a country does meet Forevermark criteria, only diamonds from approved diamond mining sources within that country are eligible to be inscribed as Forevermark.
MINING: GIVING BACK
Forevermark diamonds come from mines that play a sustainable part in their communities. The hospital at the Orapa mine in Botswana, working in partnership with Botswana’s Ministry of Health, also functions as a district hospital, providing medical services not only to the mine’s employees and their families, but also to the local communities made up of over 64,000 people within a 600 km radius.
REDUCING WATER FOOTPRINT
Water scarcity is a global issue. Many of the mines from which Forevermark sources diamonds actively work to reduce their water footprint. De Beers Marine Namibia vessels, which mine diamonds off the coast of Namibia, do this by using seawater for processing. They also use desalinated water for domestic freshwater requirements on board the vessels. At the De Beers group of companies’ South African mines, reused and recycled water makes up approximately 50% of the total freshwater foot print.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Forevermark diamonds come from mines that operate with consideration for the environment. Almost 200,000 hectares of land around the De Beers group of companies’ mines are set aside for conservation – an area five times larger than the mining footprint and equivalent to two-thirds the size of Yosemite National Park.
In Botswana, Jwaneng mine operates a 17,000 hectare Game Park, which is home to more than 1,700 animals and hosts a field unit for Cheetah Conservation Botswana. Orapa Mine has established a Rhino sanctuary reserve which will protect the animal and create sustainable tourism.
CUTTING AND POLISHING
Just as a Forevermark diamond can only come from an approved mining source, it can only be cut and polished by an approved Forevermark Diamantaire. These Diamantaires not only are chosen for their superb craftsmanship but also must adhere to our business, social and environmental standards.
Tracking and tracing
Every single Forevermark Diamantaire must apply Forevermark’s proprietary Pipeline Integrity Standard, a track and trace manufacturing process that is the foundation of the Forevermark responsible sourcing promise. This process ensures that each Forevermark diamond is continually tracked, so that we can be sure it has come from an approved diamond mining source. This means that diamonds which are eligible to be inscribed as Forevermark are kept separate from all other diamonds throughout the supply chain, from the rough source to the polished diamond. At every single point in the manufacturing process, every diamond that will become a Forevermark diamond must be identified clearly, both physically (for example, in different colored containers) and in documentation.
The Pipeline Integrity process was written in conjunction with the highly respected British Standards Institution (BSI), which continues to endorse the process through regular reviews. Every Forevermark Diamantaire is tested against this process by our third party auditor, Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), on an annual basis.
CUTTING AND POLISHING: GIVING BACK
INVESTING IN COMMUNITIES
Established in India in 1969, Forevermark Diamantaire Venus Jewel is renowned for its ethical values. The company contributes to the Engineering College in Surat and the Gujarat Government’s Girl Child Education Fund as well as trusts operating schools in tribal areas. It also has a history of providing direct relief and partnering with both Government and Non-Government Organizations following natural disasters.
Forevermark Diamantaire Schachter and Namdar employs a high proportion of disabled diamond artisans at its polishing house in Namibia, a country where 99 percent of disabled people are unemployed. Schachter and Namdar employs a team of hearing-impaired people, as well as a team of wheelchair users. Not only did the company modify all the equipment and machinery to accommodate the employees’ wheelchairs, it also bought and modified a vehicle to help them get to work.
Shrenuj, a Forevermark Diamantaire with over 100 years’ experience in the diamond industry, was granted a Botswana manufacturing license in 2009. Speech- and hearing-impaired people from the local community have been trained in diamond polishing and now make up over 30 percent of Shrenuj Botswana’s workforce.
SUPPORTING LOCAL PROJECTS
Since opening its cutting and polishing facility in Namibia in 2008, Forevermark Diamantaire Almod Diamonds has developed close links with local communities. The company has a relationship with nearby orphanage Baby Haven to provide ongoing financial support. Baby Haven is a grass roots project that provides care, shelter and food for some of Namibia’s most vulnerable citizens; abandoned or orphaned children with HIV or AIDS. Almod’s financial support goes towards not only the food and care items needed so badly by the children, but also for regular maintenance and upkeep work to the orphanage itself.
AUTHORIZED MANUFACTURERS AND JEWELERS
In order to ensure the diamond has been carefully cared for at every step of its journey, we only work with authorized Forevermark Manufacturers and Jewelers who comply with our integrity standards. For example, our partner Manufacturers and Jewelers must treat their employees fairly, in accordance with local and international regulations, and ensure that they do not cause a significant adverse effect on the environment.
THIRD PARTY AUDITING
Our partners are tested by leading third party auditors, principally Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), the largest independent third party auditor in the world and a specialist in ethical supply chains. SGS audits most Forevermark-approved mines and all Forevermark Diamantaires on an annual basis and our Jewelers and Manufacturers as required.