Category Archives: Ethical Business Practices

These Election Results Brought to You by the Letter “D”

With the “D” being diamonds, it really comes as no surprise that Robert Mugabe has won Zimbabwe’s election by a “landslide” as dictatorships are apt to do. Based on the results of an election with “record turnouts” which included an estimated two million dead people who were registered to vote, this means that his political […]

In Support of a Human Rights Activist in Angola

I’ve known human rights activist and journalist Rafael Marques de Morais for several years now. His work raising awareness of the plight of diamond miners in Angola is remarkable and we’ve done what we can to support his efforts. For many years, the private security services hired to protect diamond mining concessions operated by civilian business partners […]

The More Things Change…

They grabbed what they could get for the sake of what was to be got. It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale, and men going at it blind – as is very proper for those who tackle a darkness. The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from […]

Is Your Jewelry Killing People?

We’ve been working on this issue for several years now. Simply put, underpaid workers die every day from cutting the low-priced gemstones used in the jewelry you see in department stores, big-box retailers and on TV home shopping channels across the country. These gems and beads, which include common varieties like amethyst, citrine, and chalcedony, are […]

Today is International Women’s Day

March 8 is the date designated by the United Nations to commemorate the role women play in developing a peaceful society and a time to call for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic process globally. The 2013 theme for International Women’s Day is: “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against […]

Take Action to Stop the Pebble Mine!

We’ve long talked about the potentially devastating consequences the proposed Pebble Mine near Pebble Bay, Alaska poses if it is allowed to proceed. We were among the first to speak out on the grave impact this mine will inflict on this fragile natural area and have used our voice to express the fears and concerns of […]

The Answer is Simple: Use Less

There have been a flurry of bad ideas related to the environment in the news this week. First up, two companies are in a race to be the first to successfully mine asteroids in the quest for precious minerals, including platinum. With mineral prospecting extending to all corners of the globe including the deep oceans, I suppose […]

Kimberley Process Lowers the Bar…Again

Despite the objections from a number of civil society groups, the Kimberley Process has decided to withdraw monitors and allow unhindered exports of diamonds from Zimbabwe’s troubled Marange region. One of the main concerns remaining is that revenue from Zimbabwe’s diamonds is being used to directly fund Robert Mugabe, his allies, and the political party […]

Brian Leber Quoted by Voice of America

An article published by Voice of America entitled “Activists Wary of US Easing Ban on Burmese Imports,” highlights the concerns many activists, including Leber Jeweler president Brian Leber, share regarding Burma’s future, as western countries begin to look toward the resource-rich country for investment opportunities. As we mentioned in our November 17th journal post, the […]

Burmese Ruby: The Sanctions Will Remain

Burma is a country in flux. It’s making the first hesitant steps away from decades of brutal repression. Yet, despite the glimmering of hope, many problems still remain. Scores of political prisoners are still behind bars, the official government is primarily comprised of military and former military leaders, and human rights abuses continue in many […]