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Rio Tinto Diamonds (RTD) has awarded twenty-five Indian companies...
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Rio Tinto Diamonds (RTD) has awarded twenty-five Indian companies which have achieved certification under its Business Excellence Model (BEM). These twenty-five companies include diamond manufacturers, diamond jewellery manufacturers and diamond jewellery retailers. They were honored at Mumbai in a special event organized for the Indian diamond industry.

The distinguished BEM-certified Diamond Jewellery Manufacturers are Chirag Designs; Diam Star; Inter Jewels; Jewelex; Jewelry Solutions; Siddhant Diamonds; Suashish Jewellery; Uni Design (I) and Uni-Design-SEEPZ.

BEM-certified Diamond Manufacturers are Shakti Diamonds (division of C J Exporters); Mahendra Brothers (Laser Division), Mahendra Brothers (Preparation Facility); Mun Gems; Niti Diamonds (division of Harshid Exports); Poddar & Co.; Raghabhai D Patel (Division of C J Exporters); R. Kantilal & Co.; S Narendra; Suashish Diamonds; and Tej Diam.

BEM-certified Diamond Jewellery Retailers are Ishi's, Kiah, Nirvana, Om Jewellers, and Sparkles.

At the awards distribution function Rajesh Kothari of R Kantilal; Jai Parikh of Mahendra Brothers, Saurin Jhaveri of Soradiam, and Marzin Shroff of Ishi's shared their experiences and the benefits they gained from the BEM.

Rajesh Kothari said, "The BEM gives a management tool which enables a business to be ethical profitable and effective."

Jai Parikh said, "The need of the hour is for the industry to lift its standard to a new level. At such times it is our collective responsibility to protect the image of diamond and spread consumer awareness for the same. The entire Indian diamond industry needs to prove that its diamonds are sold using the highest ethical and professional standards.

Today, the Business Excellence Model has initiated a complete turnaround of how the Indian diamond industry is perceived globally."

Saurin Jhaveri said, "The BEM is a Tool that enables the introduction of new methods and processes while merging existing effective processes. It enables me as a manager to effectively map changes within the organization which I had visualized."

Marzin Shroff observed, "The BEM has helped Ishi's in two ways- internally and externally. Internally it has helped us in formalizing our existing strong systems and taking a leap towards higher innovation. Externally it has added credibility to our brand and has educated consumer on our strong process."

Gordon Gilchrist Managing Director of Rio Tinto Diamonds said, "US retailers of diamond jewellery have indicated in their feedback that they have noticed a definite difference in companies which have undergone the BEM. The feedback has been very positive."

Sanjay Kothari of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council said, "BEM certification is an initiative which has changed the way the diamond industry works. Through this initiative and the IADC, Rio Tinto Diamonds has proved its leadership role in helping the Indian diamond industry make its mark in the global scenario."

Says Nirupa Bhatt, RTD, India Office, "Launched in August of 2003, the Business Excellence Model provides the compass that enables an organization to map its way towards excellence. The response for this initiative has been overwhelming. It demonstrates the seriousness and increasing professionalism of the Indian diamond industry.

The Business Excellence Model is an initiative developed by Rio Tinto Diamonds, part of the Rio Tinto Group. A customized tool for the diamond and diamond jewellery manufacturing and retail industry in India, it incorporates internationally accepted guidelines in the areas of quality, environment, health and safely and social responsibility.

Rio Tinto Diamonds has developed this initiative as part of its commitment to the growth of the Indian diamond industry within the country and in global markets. With the world's leading retailers looking at India as a source of vendors for diamond jewellery, Indian diamond & jewellery manufacturers are increasingly adopting global standards.

At the same event Rio Tinto Diamonds, on behalf of the Rio Tinto Group, presented a donation for charity relief work to the Gems & Jewellery National Relief Foundation.

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