Signet Jewelers launches responsible sourcing protocol for diamonds

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Signet Jewelers Limited has launched the Signet Responsible Sourcing Protocol for diamonds (D-SRSP), a protocol that provides increased transparency and further commitment to the continuous improvement in the integrity of the global diamond supply chain.

Signet has collaboratively developed and piloted the D-SRSP with input from experts in the diamond industry, civil society and governments. These experts include the De Beers Group, Rio Tinto, Dominion Diamond Corporation, the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), the United States Jewellery Council, the International Diamond Manufacturers Association, Partnership Africa Canada, the Diamond Development Initiative, Jewelers of America, officials from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Governments and Signet diamond suppliers from around the world.

“The D-SRSP builds on existing diamond industry standards, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains to ensure transparency through a collaborative process that is practical and workable,” explains Signet chief executive officer Mark Light. “We have been active in the development of harmonised industry guidance and standards for many years and with the new responsible sourcing protocol for diamonds, we are asking our suppliers to carefully map their supply chains more rigorously than ever before.”

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Conformance with the Protocol, which requires suppliers to undertake due diligence on the sources of the diamonds they deliver to Signet, builds on years of initiatives by industry and governments.

Over time, Signet envisions that the collaborative, workable and practical manner in which the protocol was designed will lead the D-SRSP to become an accepted industry reference for responsibly sourced diamonds. A report by Signet says all companies involved in the diamond industry are encouraged to adopt the D-SRSP and use it in their own supply chains.

“Today’s consumers increasingly expect that companies act as responsible corporate citizens, held accountable for ensuring the integrity of our supply chain,” comments Light. “Signet has been at the forefront of responsible sourcing in the jewellery supply chain, and as the D-SRSP becomes more engrained across the industry, the diamond supply chain will continue to become more transparent.”

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