DSO Professional Code of Practice
- DSO Members must comply with the international trade regulations.
- DSO Members must source natural gemstones only from known licensed/certified suppliers that meet ethical trading standards.
- DSO Members must source natural polished diamonds only from known licensed/certified suppliers that only trade in diamonds invariably derived from KPCS certified parcels.
- DSO Members must have a clear understanding about ethical sourcing and consult Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), laboratories, governamental and non-governamental organizations in order to stay informed and educated.
The KPCS is a joint governments, industry and civil society initiative to prevent “conflict diamonds” from entering the mainstream market subsequent to United Nations General Assembly Resolution 55/56 following the recommendations in the Fowler Report.
The Kimberley Process (KP) is an international trading protocol started in 2003 that aims at regulating the shipments of rough diamonds; upon satisfactory checks, it issues certificates of compliance to the rough diamonds parcels that are sealed as ‘conflict-free’.
Certificate Number: DSOCM/NMD/KPCC/Year
DSO Members (including retailers, wholesalers, dealers, cutters, manufacturers, gemologists, asset managers and istitutional investors) must comply with DSO Professional Code of Practice and they must operate in adherence with international trade regulations at all times.
[Long code: Diamonds Standards Organization Certified Member / Natural Mined Diamond / Kimberley Process Compliant / Year]
CERTIFIED ETHICAL TRADER
Certificate Number: DSOCET/NMD/KPCC/Year
DSO Certified Ethical Traders must comply with DSO Professional Code of Practice and they must operate in adherence with international trade regulations at all times.
DSO Certified Ethical Traders may assign Certificates of Ethical Compliance (CEC) to products that meet the parameters set in the DSO Ethical Product Parameters.
In the practice of issuing a CEC Product Certificate, the Certified Ethical Trader must act in bona fide and ensure beyond any reasonable doubt and through all available means that the product meets the DSO Ethical Product Parameters.
[Long code: Diamonds Standards Organization Certified Ethical Trader / Natural Mined Diamond / Kimberley Process Compliant / Year]
Diamonds Standards Organization extends membership to representatives from the sector with a highly ethical profile. Diamonds exchanges and bourses, NGOs and associations, buying groups, producers and chambers of commerce are equally represented to promote compliance to industry regulations.
Diamonds Standards Organization is a registered civil society on United Nations (UN) Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) registry.