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Doing Good

Rapaport’s social responsibility directory

By Rapaport News
Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)

Facilitates the empowerment of artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM), their organization, and the adoption of good practices. Promotes favorable environments for the inclusion of ASM in the formal economy. Creates voluntary standard systems for production and trade, and provides support for the creation of responsible supply chains.


Artisanal Gold Council (AGC)

Works directly with artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities and local experts to develop integrated and practical solutions for ASGM through awareness, training, education and capacity-building. Aims to improve practices, governance, livelihoods, health, the environment, gender equality, market access and development across the global ASGM sector.


World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO)

Promotes responsible trading and represents the interests of all individuals, organizations and companies in the jewelry, gemstone and precious-metals industries. Encourages harmonization, promotes international cooperation, and considers issues that concern the global trade.


Columbia Gem House

Provides the industry with fair-trade gems, which are closely tracked to make sure they meet certain principles, including environmental protection, cultural diversity, fair wages, education, product integrity, protection of workers’ rights in the mining, cutting and manufacturing processes, and a fully transparent supply chain. Donates gems for auction to raise money for underprivileged communities.


De Beers – GemfairAims

To connect artisanal and small-scale miners with a secure and transparent route to the global market through digital technology and assurance of ethical working standards. Offers fair prices and training opportunities, and works to improve miners’ livelihoods and foster the ASM sector’s development as a credible and trusted source of diamond supply.


Diamonds Do Good (DDG)

Supports initiatives to help people in countries with significant economic dependence on the diamond trade, including education, grants, community development projects, and the empowerment of local citizens. Promotes awareness of the positive impact of diamonds.


Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative

Created by celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz and the Natural Diamond Council (NDC), the project aims to support the Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community through scholarships and access to industry education and resources. These include mentorship as well as introductions to diamond vendors, credit financing partners, and established networks.


Ethical Metalsmiths

Provides education and awareness about responsible jewelry practices. Connects the trade with dealers of recycled and cleanly sourced metals and gemstones, and helps to bring Fairmined gold to market.


Fairmined Initiative

An assurance label that certifies gold from empowered, responsible ASM organizations, and ensures social development and environmental protection.


Fairtrade International

Improves the way trade works, by achieving better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for artisanal and small-scale miners in developing countries.


Gem Legacy

Supports education, vocational training and local economies in east African colored-gemstone mining communities through donations of money, food, mining toolkits and medical supplies, as well as providing meals for primary-school students who are the children of ruby miners in the area.



Transforms how natural resources are managed and empowers communities by providing access to regulatory and legal reform, supply-chain transparency, and environmental stewardship. Also works to promote gender equality and stem illicit trade and financing.


Gem & Jewellery National Relief Foundation

Contributes financial support to schools, hospitals and medical camps in underprivileged areas of India. Runs orphanages, old-age homes, and centers for old and disabled animals, as well as providing disaster and crisis relief.


Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA)

Offers independent third-party verification and certification of social and environmental performance at mine sites to ensure they meet best practices.


International Peace Information Service (IPIS)

An independent research institute providing tailored information, analysis and capacity enhancement to support those working toward durable peace, sustainable development and the fulfillment of human rights.


Jewelers for Children (JFC)

A group of US industry members raising money to aid programs that benefit children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse or neglect.


Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC)

Provides free legal education, compliance guidance, mediation and monitoring services to the jewelry industry. Encourages members to implement responsible and sustainable supply chains and practices.


Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition

Acts as an observer of the Kimberley Process (KP) on behalf of civil society. Represents communities affected by diamond mining and trade, and strives to improve diamond sector governance.


Mercury Free Mining

Works to eliminate the use of mercury in gold extraction in order to prevent environmental contamination and health issues for artisanal and small-scale miners who currently have no alternative methods.


Mine Training Society

Provides scholarships, education and training in diamond industry jobs to lower-income and Indigenous communities.


Moyo Gems

An ethical gemstone collaboration that works with female artisanal miners in Tanzania and Kenya to ensure responsibly sourced supply. Empowers women miners to work safely, improve their financial security, and create markets for fair trade.



An international nonprofit that works in nearly 40 countries to help build resilience, improve accountability, and strengthen knowledge and skills for sustainable social impact. Aims to help communities combat HIV and AIDS, access electricity, build peace and democracy, fight poverty through entrepreneurship, protect local natural resources, adapt to climate change, and stop child labor and human rights violations.


Pure Earth

Partners with governments, NGOs, international funders, academia and community leaders to design and implement innovative, low-cost solutions to clean up toxic pollution from lead, mercury (used in gold mining), and other materials.


Rapaport Social Responsibility

Designed to identify and certify diamond, gem and jewelry products that meet well-defined, transparent, documented and audited social responsibility standards.


RESOLVE – Diamond Development Initiative

Works with industry, government and civil society bodies to bring about responsibly sourced artisanal diamonds and other minerals, free from conflict and human rights violations, and to build economic development in largely unregulated, informal sectors. Created the Maendeleo Diamond Standards for ethical artisanal diamond production and supply-chain security.


Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

The leading standards authority in the global watch and jewelry industry. Works with companies to create responsible and sustainable supply chains.


Natural Diamond Council (NDC)

Works to advance the integrity of the diamond and jewelry industry, educate and protect jewelry consumers, promote sustainability, and improve employment, education, services, social programs and infrastructure in diamond communities.


US Jewelry Council (USJC)

Brings together the views and actions of member trade associations, representing them collectively on issues related to responsible and sustainable sourcing on the national and international levels.


World Diamond Council (WDC)

Represents the diamond trade at the Kimberley Process and supports efforts to prevent trade in conflict diamonds. Established a System of Warranties to extend the scope of the KP Certification Scheme and help provide education on human and labor rights, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption.


Young Diamantaires Project Committee

Raises funds to build schools for underprivileged children in diamond communities, provide them with meals, and offer financial assistance.


Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA)

Helps poor communities in Zimbabwe assert and claim their environmental, economic, social and cultural rights within the natural-resources and environmental sectors. Ensures that environmental and natural-resources management policies, strategies and legal frameworks respond positively to the needs of marginalized women, men and youths living in urban and rural communities.


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