The Kimberly Process
Efforts like these in the past few years have made diamonds the primary source of funding for good jobs, higher education, accessible health care, environmental protection, and continental infrastructures in Africa. Diamonds are now the modern day “Robin Hood” for many nations with money being taken from the wealthiest countries in the world and redistributed to those most in need.
Sadly, some groups have found ways to turn something as aesthetically and emotionally beautiful as a diamond into a black market commodity used to fund wars against legitimate governments and commit atrocities against innocent people. At Day’s we are sickened by this and vow to do all that we can to make sure all of our diamonds are free-trade.
In 2003, Day’s President and VP of Merchandising visited Washington DC to encourage US Congressional Delegates to enact an embargo on the trade of illicit “conflict diamonds.” Thankfully, their efforts were successful and the embargo, known as the Kimberly Process, was adopted. Now the United States and 60 other countries adhere to this regulatory program.
However, this embargo alone is not enough. Day’s not only strictly follows the Kimberly Process but has also reinforced the process's weak spots by partnering with a diamond supplier who takes free-trade diamonds very seriously.