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Diamonds That Do Good: The Future of Transparency in the Diamond Supply Chain

By Eco-Age
24.07.20

Last week, Eco-Age gathered key voices from the fashion and jewellery industry to discuss the future of transparency in the diamond supply chain. Moderator, Livia Firth, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age, hosted a frank discussion with key stakeholders to try and unfold what transparency really means today. 

 

The last decade has seen a steady rise in public demand for businesses to be transparent about their environmental, social and governance impact within their supply chains, including their contributions to local economies. 

A new decade opens with more and more focus on fashion and jewelry supply chain transparency, but what does this mean? 

Livia Firth was joined by Wing Yau, Founder of WWAKE, Jason Rembert, Fashion Designer and Celebrity Stylist, Lebogang Mmono, Matswana entrepreneur and Founder of Just Ginger and Pat Dambe, De Beers Group VP of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations.

The panel was prompted by the short documentary ‘Fashionscapes: The Diamonds of Botswana', directed by Andrew Morgan and now available on Amazon Prime. The film follows Livia Firth’s trip to Botswana to explore the issues around diamond mining in one of the countries which has unearthed some of the biggest stones – a country that has an incredible success story, and is an example of how businesses and governments can work together to positively benefit their communities.  

Key takeaways that emerged from the panel included the importance of fostering responsible supply chains that invest in local communities, and the many ways in which positive diamond mining can be used to support young entrepreneurs and provide global opportunities. 

Another important thread of the discussion revolved around why the future will be all about wearing a meaningful story. There is increasing pressure on brands and stylists to know the provenance and impact of their jewellery supply chain. This is also an opportunity to share the handprint of jewellery – the incredible human stories of the people behind what we wear.  

“I think that it is important to own that and understand what you’re putting on your body and wearing on the red carpet,” explained Jason Rembert, Fashion Designer and Celebrity Stylist. It almost goes hand in hand with the integrity that you have for yourself, to wear pieces that you can actually stand behind.”  

Now more than ever, transparency is considered a necessary first step to hold brands accountable for more sustainable and ethical practices. Technological advancements have led to the creation of platforms like Tracr that give brands greater access to sourcing information and in turn, enable consumers to feel more confident in knowing the provenance of what they are buying.  

“We want to make sure that diamonds produce other opportunities,” summarised Pat Dambe, De Beers Group VP of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations. “For us building a legacy beyond the mining is everything.”

 

 
 
Find out more about 'Fashionscapes: The Diamonds of Botswana'.
 
Read our interview with Fashionscapes direction Andrew Morgan.
 

Diamonds That Do Good: The Future of Transparency in the Diamond Supply Chain