Kimberley Process

What is it ?

The Kimberley Process started when Southern African diamond-producing states met in Kimberley, South Africa, in May 2000, to discuss ways to stop the trade in ‘conflict diamonds’ and ensure that diamond purchases were not financing violence by rebel movements and their allies seeking to undermine legitimate governments.

By November 2002, negotiations between governments, the international diamond industry and civil society organisations resulted in the creation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) . The KPCS document sets out the requirements for controlling rough diamond production and trade. The KPCS entered into force in 2003, when participating countries started to implement its rules.

Who is involved ?

How does it work ?


Imposition of extensive requirements on its members by KPCS.


Goal is to certify shipments of rough diamonds as ‘conflict-free’ and prevent
conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate trade.


Participating states must meet ‘minimum requirements’


Participating states must put in place national legislation and institutions;
export, import and internal controls


Participating states have to commit to transparency and
the exchange of statistical data.

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2015 statistics of the Kimberley Process