Tiffany diamonds are mined only in those countries that are full participants in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.
The Kimberley Process is an international cooperative monitoring system created to eliminate the trade of “conflict diamonds”—rough diamonds that are smuggled by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments—from the global supply chain. It requires participating countries to tightly control the import and export of rough diamonds. The Kimberley Process has been remarkably effective, but we believe it remains in need of significant strengthening. Most importantly, we believe the definition of “conflict diamonds” needs to be expanded to ensure that human rights abuses are not associated with diamond mining.
Tiffany diamonds come primarily from mines in Australia, Botswana, Canada, Namibia, Russia and Sierra Leone. Further, we cut and polish the vast majority of these diamonds in our own facilities around the world to maintain the highest quality standards, ensure compliance with our Social Accountability Program and support beneficiation in Botswana and Namibia. Diamond mining, cutting and polishing should be important engines of social development and economic growth for the countries that host these facilities, and producing countries rightly deserve a larger share of the downstream profits of the diamond supply chain. Our facilities operate with that principle in mind. Our objectives are to invest in local manufacturing, to pay a living wage, to transfer both craft and management skills to our workforce and to be contributing members to local communities wherever we operate.
READ MORE IN OUR SUSTAINABILITY REPORT (PDF)