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LONDON - The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) announced today that De Beers Group of Companies, the leading diamond company and a Founder Member of the Council, has achieved certification by meeting the highest ethical, social and environmental standards established by the RJC’s Member Certification system.

"The De Beers Group of Companies is the largest diamond mining group to achieve RJC Certification and we warmly congratulate De Beers on its certification. The successful verification assessment was conducted by Firouzeh Siavoshi from SGS United Kingdom Ltd, one of the independent third-party auditing firms accredited to the RJC’s Member Certification system," says Michael Rae, RJC’s Chief Executive Officer.

"De Beers’ commitment to meeting the highest standards is embedded in our commitment to ‘live up to diamonds’, and guides us in the delivery of our commercial goals. It is particularly pleasing to receive confirmation that we measure up to the exacting requirements of credible and external standards like the RJC’s. De Beers remains committed to supporting industry-wide initiatives like the RJC Certification System that reinforce stakeholder and consumer confidence in the diamond industry," says Dr. James Suzman, De Beers’ Director of Public Affairs.