Diamond importing from the Democratic Republic of Congo
Lead NCPBelgium
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the NGO 11.11.11 regarding the activities of Nami Gems operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Theme(s)Concepts and principles, General policies, Taxation
Date24 Nov 2004
Host country(ies)Democratic Republic of the Congo
Industry sectorWholesale and retail trade
StatusNot accepted

In November 2004 the Belgian NCP received a request for review by the NGO 11.11.11 alleging that Nami Gems had breached the concepts and principles, general policies, and taxation provisions of the Guidelines with its diamond importing activities from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The NCP undertook an initial assessment of the specific instance and concluded that it did not merit further consideration. When arriving at this conclusion NCP looked at the size of the enterprise and the subsequently limited leverage it had vis-à-vis its suppliers based in the DRC. It also noted that transparency issues in the diamond sector were already efficiently addressed at an international level, as well as in Belgium, through the Kimberly Process initaitive. After this first analysis, the NCP issued a public statement (in French) concluding this specific instance.