THE KIMBERLEY PROCESS
The Kimberley Process (KP) is the most successful implementation of measures towards eradicating ‘conflict diamonds’, eliminating 99.8% of the worldwide trade for these stones.
The KP defines conflict diamonds as: ‘rough diamonds used to finance wars against governments around the world’. To do it, they have created the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), under which nations can safeguard diamond shipments, certifying them as “conflict free”.
We take these practices as a must-have and a token of social responsibility, and only process and sell certified, Kimberley Process-compliant diamonds.
As from November 2018, there are 55 participants of the Kimberley Process. These participants represent 82 countries, including the European Union, which has a single representative. All major rough diamond producers, exporters, and importers are participants of the KP. Major players of the diamantaire industry, the World Diamond Council, and civil society groups are also represented by the KP. The protocol has effectively helped these entities join efforts towards eradicating conflict diamonds.
The KP is not an organisation, and is partially decentralised: It doesn’t have staff, offices, and it relies purely on contributions from the industry, and civil society observers.