Diamonds You will Cherish for a Lifetime
A Certified Sustainability Rated Diamond is a diamond that has been independently confirmed to be in full accordance with the requirements of the SCS-007 Standard.
This premium diamond, whether from an accredited mine or laboratory grown diamond production operation, has been evaluated and certified against five pillars of sustainability achievement.
3. CLIMATE NEUTRALITY
Each diamond producer agrees to eliminate or offset their entire climate footprint within a timeframe that can make a real difference. This requirement goes further than any other standard by including annual greenhouse gas emissions and additional climate pollutants, plus “legacy” emissions (that is, the residual greenhouse gases remaining in the atmosphere from prior years of operation). Because the climate can’t wait!
4. SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION
Each diamond producer works toward achieving net zero impacts in all categories of production-related environmental and human health impacts, and is required to meet clear milestones of success along the way. This measure of sustainability has never been included in any jewelry standard, and sets an important precedent for other industries to follow.
5. SUSTAINABILITY INVESTMENTS
Targeted sustainability investments by the diamond producer support artisanal scale miners and vulnerable communities, reduce net impacts further, and contribute to a safer world. These investments demonstrate the producer’s commitment to sustainability beyond its own operations.
When you purchase a Certified Sustainability Rated Diamond you will receive a unique Certificate of Sustainability along with your diamond. This Certificate provides proof of authenticity and tells the sustainability story of the diamond. In this way, it reinforces the pedigree of the diamond with information that you will be able to treasure for years along with your beautiful diamond jewelry purchase, and pass along as an heirloom or share with others in the future.
SCS-007 Jewelry Sustainability Standard – Sustainability Rated Diamonds is the first truly comprehensive sustainability standard developed for the global diamond market.
Developed by SCS Standards, one of the world’s pioneers and leaders in sustainability standards, along with an international, multi-stakeholder body, this groundbreaking standard satisfies consumer demand for diamonds that meet the highest level of ethical and environmental responsibility, fully backed by third-party certification.
Certification under the standard can be sought by both mined and lab-grown diamonds to support the whole industry and consumer choice.
It also includes the entire chain of custody, establishing unprecedented benchmarks of performance and transparency. No other standard provides this level of assurance to jewelry manufacturers, retailers or clients. Learn more about the standard, developed by SCS Standards at scsstandardsdevelopment.org
SCS has been leading the way in the development of environmental and sustainability standards, and the implementation of third-party certification programs, for nearly four decades (since 1984).
SCS has played a key role in the development and success of some of the world’s most prestigious standards, certification programs, and supply chain initiatives across industry sectors, such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard, USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Starbucks’ CAFÉ Practices, Environmental Product Declarations, and much more. They have been a leading certification body in the jewelry sector for the past 15 years, for programs such as FairMined, Signet, IRMA, Responsible Minerals Initiative, and LBMA and LPPM Responsible Sourcing.
SCS programs have consistently garnered strong support from civil society, as they have sought to ensure that both human rights and environmental stakeholders issues are well-represented.