In July 2000, the World Federation of Diamond Bourses and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association met in Antwerp to discuss, among other things, the concern over human rights violations committed in some diamond producing countries. During this meeting a resolution was passed to create the World Diamond Council (WDC).

The resolution called for the WDC to develop and implement a tracking system for the export and import of rough diamonds to prevent diamonds being exploited for illegal purposes.

As a result of the commitment and resolve of WDC leaders and members, significant strides have been made toward resolving and reconciling these issues. The development and implementation of the Kimberley Process, for example, has reduced the flow of conflict diamonds in the marketplace from approximately 4% to significantly less than 1%. While the number of conflict diamonds has been reduced, and this is an improvement, it is still not enough. The diamond industry will continue its efforts until conflict diamonds are eradicated completely.

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The World Diamond Council represents diamond and jewelry industry organizations from mining companies and trade associations to manufacturers and retailers, worldwide. Member organizations include ABN AMRO International Diamond & Jewelry Group, ALROSA Group, Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), Botswana Diamond Manufacturers Association, Brinks Global Services Limited, Chow Tai Fook, CIBJO The World Jewellery Confederation, Crossworks Manufacturing Ltd., De Beers Group, Diacore, Diambel NV, Diarough NV, Dimexon Diamonds Ltd, D.Navinchandra Exports, Dominion Diamond Corporation, Dubai Diamond Exchange, Gem Diamonds, Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council - India (GJEPC), Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd., H Dipak, HVK International Pvt Ltd., All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF), International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), International Gemological Institute, Israel Diamond Exchange Ltd. (IsDE), Interjewel, Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI), Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), K. Girdharlal International Ltd., KGK Diamonds BVBA, Leo Schachter Diamonds, Malca-Amit Group of Companies, Mohit Diamonds Pvt. Ltd., Petra Diamonds, Rio Tinto Diamonds NV, Roberto Coin SpA, Royal Asscher Diamond Company Ltd., Sheetal Manufacturing Co. Pvt. Ltd., Signet Jewelers Limited, Tiffany & Co., US Coalition (Jewelers of America (JA), American Gem Society (AGS), Diamond Council of America (DCA), Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association of America (DMIA), Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA)), , Venus Jewel and the , World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB).



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Andrey Polyakov - President
Stephane Fischler - Vice President
Ronnie VanderLinden - Treasurer
Udi Sheintal - Corporate Secretary and General Counsel


Edward Asscher
Ernest Blom
Gaetano Cavalieri
Roberto Coin
Yoram Dvash
Stephane Fischler
Mark Jenkins
Anoop V. Mehta
Dilip Mehta
Russell Mehta
Nigel Paxman
Avi Paz
Andrey Polyakov
James R. W. Pounds
Bruno Sane
Shmuel Schnitzer
Maxim Shkadov
Elliot Tannenbaum
Kent Wong
Feriel Zerouki


Marie-Chantal Kaninda


Eli Izhakoff - Hon. Life President
Rory More O’Ferrall


Udi Sheintal


Steven M. Merdinger, CPA, KMR LLP