Diamonds Do Good Names 2023 Award Recipients
The organization said it will recognize those who exemplify the idea that doing good is good business.
The award ceremony will take place June 1 at 6 p.m. at the Venetian Hotel’s Palazzo Ballroom.
“The Diamonds Do Good Awards recognizes leaders who understand the interconnectedness between building a successful business, having a social purpose, and caring for community,” said Anna Martin, a senior vice president at GIA and the current president of Diamonds Do Good.
“Each honoree exemplifies the tenet that ‘doing good is good business’.”
The organization’s highest honor, the Good Award, will be presented to De Beers Group for its commitment to positive change in diamond mining communities.
The diamond giant’s “Building Forever” promise outlines 12 goals it plans to reach by 2030, centered around four pillars, which are “leading ethical practices, partnering for thriving communities, protecting the natural world and accelerating equal opportunity.”
The blueprint highlights De Beers’ efforts to be “a responsible corporate citizen,” said DDG.
The Visionary Award will be given to Rosy Blue.
The Indian diamond manufacturer is being recognized for being one of the first companies to incorporate social, environmental, economic, and ethical factors into its decision-making process.
Rosy Blue was the first Indian manufacturer to sign on to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), said DDG.
The GRI is an independent organization that provides a global standard of sustainability reporting for organizations to measure their performance.
DDG is also recognizing the organization for the work of its charitable foundation.
The NextGen Award will be presented to Valérie Messika.
The daughter of diamond merchant André Messika, Valérie carried on the family tradition, establishing her own brand, Messika, in 2005.
The brand has grown into a powerhouse and a celebrity favorite, with her diamond jewels spotted on celebrities like Rihanna, who wore Messika at the Super Bowl, and Kendall Jenner, who is also the face of its new campaign.
Through her Fondation Valérie Messika, she has supported women victims of domestic violence and given emergency aid to Lebanon and Ukraine.
She has also supported the Toni Garnn Foundation, which supports education for young girls in Africa, and the children’s charity Un Avenir pour les Enfants du Monde (A Future for the Children of the World).
The Inspiration Award will go to Lorraine West.
The jewelry designer is being recognized for her talent and achievements as well as her mentoring and collaborating efforts with other designers.
DDG also lauded her work in increasing the amount of equity and representation in the jewelry industry.
“The recipients of these awards reflect the importance of engaging community around the world,” said DDG co-founder and civil rights leader Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr.
“Now more than ever we need to reaffirm and share this commitment with consumers everywhere.”
Formerly known as the Diamond Empowerment Fund, DDG is a nonprofit working to share the positive impact of natural diamonds and support diamond mining communities around the world.
For more information or to buy tickets for the event, visit the DDG website.
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