Press release – The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) is pleased to acknowledge a contribution from Rubel & Ménasché, the Paris-based diamantaire, to support its mission of formalizing the artisanal mining sector.
DDI’s programming includes the registration of artisanal miners, the organization of cooperatives, the implementation of the Maendeleo Diamond Standards certification system, development support such as mobile schooling for mining communities, and participation in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.
Ian Smillie, Chair of the Board of DDI, says, “Donors such as Rubel & Ménasché are essential to our efforts to promote responsible sourcing and improve the conditions of thousands of artisanal diamond miners and their families. We are grateful for their commitment to this cause and their ongoing, dedicated support.”
According to Elodie Daguzan, Head of Communications and Industry Relations at Rubel & Ménasché, the work of DDI aligns with the company’s priorities. “At Rubel & Ménasché, we care about the integrity of the diamond supply chain, and we recognize the important role of artisanal miners. We are proud to contribute to the efforts of DDI to improve this sector for everybody concerned.”
Rubel & Ménasché has been a supporter of the Diamond Development Initiative since 2012.
The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) works to transform artisanal and small-scale diamond mining into a source of sustainable socio-economic development. www.ddiglobal.org
Rubel & Ménasché is a supplier of specialty, high-end diamonds to the jewelry trade. The company is also a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.