The external perception [of our story] is not aligned with our good intentions and actions. We have seen this more clearly than ever by the risk profile regulators have attached to our industry. We all know at what cost and impact to our bottom line. We cannot allow this to continue. It is uniquely important that each part of the industry, within its specific mandate, remains fully aligned with our ethical standards and engaged to benefit the good image and reputation of diamonds. Our story is one of shared responsibilities, and we cannot afford to fail. But more than ever it is a story of individual companies making a huge difference collectively for millions of people around the world. It is a story to share.
Stéphane Fischler, President of the World Diamond Council, at the Annual General Meeting in Dubai.
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