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Kimberley Process
Lead Organization Name
  • Standards
  • Mining
  • Metals
Lead by
  • Donor
  • Civil Society
  • Industry
  • Government

To stop the trade in conflict diamonds and promote peace and security in the diamond sector.

Value Chain Focus
  • Sustainable Development
    • - Mineral tracing systems
Have a mix of stakeholders such as public, private and civil society sectors contributed to the design of the initiative?
Geographical Focus
  • Global
In-country work
Who is it for?
industrial extractives companies, small-scale extractives companies, host country national governments, local civil society, international civil society, communities
How does the initiative try to reach its objective?

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) imposes extensive requirements (*) on its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as ‘conflict-free' and prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate trade. Under the terms of the KPCS, participating states must meet ‘minimum requirements' and must put in place national legislation and institutions; export, import and internal controls; and also commit to transparency and the exchange of statistical data. Participants can only legally trade with other participants who have also met the minimum requirements of the scheme, and international shipments of rough diamonds must be accompanied by a KP certificate guaranteeing that they are conflict-free.