Policy on Provenance Claims

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GPN Diamond BV is in a business of Diamond Trading and this policy document is applicable for rough and polished diamonds trading. This policy confirms GPN Diamond BV’s commitment to respect human rights, avoid contributing to the finance of conflict and comply with all relevant UN sanctions, resolutions and laws.

GPN Diamond BV is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). As such, we commit to proving, through independent third-party verification, that we:

  • respect human rights according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work; do not engage in or tolerate bribery, corruption, money laundering or finance of terrorism;
  • support transparency of government payments and rights-compatible security forces in the extractives industry;
  • do not provide direct or indirect support to illegal armed groups;
  • enable stakeholders to voice concerns about the jewellery supply chain; and
  • are implementing the OECD five-step framework as a management process for risk-based due diligence for responsible supply chains of minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

We also commit to using our influence to prevent abuses by others. We shall communicate to all our supplier for compliance of ethical sourcing policy, carry out due diligence and risk assessment of their supplier to ensure compliance with OECD guideline.

Regarding serious abuses associated with the extraction, transport or trade of minerals: We will neither tolerate nor profit from, contribute to, assist or facilitate the commission of: a. torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment; b. forced or compulsory labour; c. the worst forms of child labour; d. human rights violations and abuses; or e. war crimes, violations of international humanitarian law, crimes against humanity or genocide.

We will immediately stop engaging with upstream suppliers if we find a reasonable risk that they are committing abuses as mentioned in this policy, or linked to, any party committing these abuses.

Regarding direct or indirect support to non-state armed groups: We only buy or sell diamonds/Diamond studded jewellery that are fully compliant with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and, as such, will not tolerate direct or indirect support to non-state armed groups, including, but not limited to, procuring diamonds/gold/silver/platinum group metal from, making payments to, or otherwise helping or equipping non-state armed groups or their affiliates who illegally: a. control mine sites, transportation routes, points where diamonds are traded and upstream actors in the supply chain; or b. tax or extort money or diamonds at mine sites, along transportation routes or at points where diamonds are traded, or from intermediaries, export companies or international traders.

We will immediately stop engaging with upstream suppliers if we find a reasonable risk that they are sourcing from, or are linked to, any party providing direct or indirect support to non-state armed groups.

Regarding public or private security forces: We affirm that the role of public or private security forces is to provide security to workers, facilities, equipment and property in accordance with the rule of law, including law that guarantees human rights. We will not provide direct or indirect support to public or private security forces that commit abuses or that act illegally.

Regarding bribery and fraudulent misrepresentation of the origin of minerals: We will not offer, promise, give or demand bribes, and will resist the solicitation of bribes, to conceal or disguise the origin of minerals, or to misrepresent taxes, fees and royalties paid to governments for the purposes of extraction, trade, handling, transport and export of minerals.

Regarding money laundering: We will support and contribute to efforts to eliminate money laundering where we identify a reasonable risk resulting from, or connected to, the extraction, trade, handling, transport or export of minerals.

Policy statement on Responsible Business Practices - RJC.

Responsible Jewellery Council Policy

GPN Diamond BV is involved in Rough and Polished Diamond Trading based in Antwerp-Belgium. GPN Diamond BV is a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).

The RJC is a standards-setting organisation established to advance responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices throughout the rough and polished diamond supply chain. The RJC has developed a benchmark standard for the diamond supply chain and credible mechanisms for verifying responsible business practices through third-party auditing.

As an RJC member, we commit to operating our business in accordance with the RJC Code of Practices. We commit to integrating ethical, human rights, social and environmental considerations into our day-to-day operations, business planning activities and decision-making processes.

Due Diligence and Risk Assessment Policy

Due diligence provides companies with the information they need to identify risks in order to prevent or mitigate adverse impacts associated with their sourcing practices.

As a part to customer and supplier due diligence, the company shall collect information from all customer and supplier including KYC information.

The company shall not continue business relationship with any supplier found in violation of Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (the ‘OECD Guidance’)

The company shall communicate to suppliers that they will undertake supply chain due diligence and risk management in ways that are consistent with your supply chain policy.

The compliance office shall be appointed to ensure compliance with ethical supply chain policy and due diligence risk assessment and management system. The due diligence and risk assessment procedure shall be carried out on annual basis and in case of identification of any high-risk areas, risk mitigation plan shall be implemented.

Provenance claim

The policies relating to this section are part of the Business Principles adopted by the company, and are presented below for reference:

“The company shall ensure all its Provenance Claims made will be fully valid along with available evidence to support the Claim(s)”

Based on the written assurance from our supplier, our diamonds are not originated from Mbada and Marange region of Zimbabwe. The diamonds herein invoiced are not sourced from artisanal mines. The diamonds are in compliance with the relevant WFDB Charter on disclosure of synthetic, treated natural and natural diamonds, OFAC guideline and OECD standards on due diligence for the diamond supply chain.” Provenance Claims may also relate to origin, sources or practices that are specifically excluded from the supply chain, such as through a ‘negative warranty’.

The company shall ensure that all claims and statements (made to consumers or other businesses) on practices in the supply chain and the origin or source of Diamonds, Synthetics, Gold and / or Platinum through the use of both descriptions and symbols are valid.

The company shall ensure that there will be no attempt to mislead consumers through illustrations, descriptions, expressions, words, figures, depictions or symbols relating to the Provenance Claim(s).

The company shall ensure that all the relevant employees are aware about the provenance claim and it procedures.

Signed/endorsed: Date of effect: 1st December 2020