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Certified Sustainable Diamond

Third-Party Certification for Natural and Laboratory Grown Diamonds

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Consumers are increasingly demanding that the diamonds they purchase meet the highest standards of ethical and environmental responsibility – protecting people and the planet. The Certification Standard for Sustainable Diamonds (SCS 007) is the first comprehensive, multi-stakeholder sustainability standard to be developed for the diamond sector.

This groundbreaking standard applies to both natural and laboratory-grown diamonds, including producers, cutters, polishers, recycled diamond suppliers, jewelry manufacturers and retailers – that is, anyone who handles the diamonds on their way to market. It establishes unprecedented benchmarks of environmental, social and governance (ESG) achievement, including climate neutrality and zero net impact performance, combined with state-of-the-art testing technology and tracking systems to achieve 99% assurance, and a zero tolerance policy for conflict stones or labor abuses. All of this is backed by independent, third-party certification. No other standard provides this level of assurance to jewelry manufacturers, retailers or their customers.

SCS-007 covers all the bases and brings an unprecedented level of transparency and performance to the goals of sustainability:

  1. Social and environmental accountability
  2. Zero tolerance for conflict diamonds, child and slave labor, or worker discrimination
  3. Comprehensive sustainability metrics
  4. Zero net impact benchmarks of performance
  5. Climate neutrality
  6. 99% testing assurance
  7. Support for Artisanal mining communities
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Earning certification under this standard will benefit diamond industry participants in several ways:

  • Eligibility to use the Certified Sustainable Diamond label, or a Certified Responsibly Produced Diamond claim, depending on the level of achievement. Whether the diamond originates in a mine, is produced in a laboratory, or is reclaimed, having a unified claim provides a comparable level of assurance to consumers.
  • Eligibility to make a Climate Neutral claim, when benchmarks are achieved
  • A Certification Report that provides technical substantiation of all claims, describing every aspect of sustainability, and the evidence used as the basis of the certification.
  • Supportive language and certification marks for use on company webpages, in advertising, and in corporate marketing materials, conformant with regulatory guidelines.
  • Demonstrated industry leadership in tackling issues of concern to stakeholders
  • Built-in continuous improvement roadmap, leading toward expanded, across-the-board claims of Zero Net Impact – true sustainability!
  • Highest confidence throughout the chain of custody based on use of proven testing and tracking technologies and practices.

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