De Beers' Tango Extension Project a proposed open pit diamond mine being explored as a way of extending the life of Victor Mine, located in the James Bay Lowlands of northern Ontario, approximately 90 km west of the coastal community of Attawapiskat First Nation. They are undertaking engineering studies and pursuing environmental approvals for the development of this mine, supported by existing Victor Mine infrastructure, and will be consulting with local communities and First Nations as part of that process.
The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), an organization dedicated to improving the working conditions and lives of artisanal diamond miners, is announcing the launch of the Maendeleo Diamond Standards (MDS), the organization anounced today in a press release. Maendeleo, the Swahili word for development and progress, is a fitting designation for standards that will ensure respect for human rights, for the environment and for community well-being, according to Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director.
Rob Bates of JCK has published an open letter to Leonardo DiCaprio, of Blood Diamond fame, urging him to reconsider his support for new synthetic diamond producer Diamond Foundry, and to remember the social realities that once moved him. "Back in 2006, you seemed profoundly impacted by your meeting with one of the great figures of the 20th century, Nelson Mandela.
Michael Hobbes in The Huffington Post argues that consumer advocacy and 'ethical' purchasing decisions will never improve working conditions in the developing world. Consumer awareness burst onto the scene in the mid-'90s, sparking campaigns to hold brands accountable for the working conditions of their suppliers. And it worked, for a while. But in the past 25 years, the apparel industry - the focus of the article - and the entire global economy has undergone a complete transformation.
Quebec's government has reaffirmed its commitment to the stalled Northern Plan, le "Plan Nord". The re-launch of the heralded project to develop Quebec's vast northern territory has been scaled back by C$30 bn. to C$50 bn. in public-private funding, but is still a key component in the government's strategy to stimulate the economy. The Plan's objectives are to responsibly develop the economic potential of N. Quebec while supporting community development and protecting the environment.
AWDC and DDI announced that the AWDC has made an important contribution to the Diamond Development Initiative. This year’s grant will be the third donation from the Centre in support of DDI’s work in bringing development to artisanal mining communities.
The Russian government is considering extending the financing of precious metals and gems repository Gokhran to 14 billion rubles from 11 billion rubles in 2015 to help the fund to purchase diamonds from local producer Kristall and support the industry, business daily Vedomosti reported Wednesday, citing government documents. “Diamond purchase will allow to get an additional revenue to the federal budget from diamond sales after the world prices recover,” according to the document.
The Diamond Empowerment Fund’s new website DiamondsDoGood.com has launched a website demonstrating the positive effects of diamonds on local communities. Co-founder Benjamin Chavis says the goal of the initiative is to show, “…the vast amount of good the industry does.”