|The Kimberley Process is an international certification program established by the United Nations in 2003 to prevent the trade in conflict or blood diamonds. The Conflict-Free Diamond Council has NEVER endorsed the Kimberley Process as an effective certification program.
Although the Kimberley Process was established with good intentions, it is not effective enough to stop the trade in conflict or blood diamonds. The loopholes and lack of enforcement has led to an influx of illicit diamonds in the Kimberley Process.
The fight to improve the Kimberley Process is primarily a lobbying, legislative, and legal process - this is not The Conflict-Free Diamond Council�s area of expertise. We focus on influencing consumers through awareness and outreach, and we support organizations working to influence international organizations through lobbying and legislation.
One of these lobbying organizations is Global Witness, who exposes the link between the exploitation of natural resources and human rights abuses. They were primarily responsible for bringing global attention to the conflict diamond issue in Sierra Leone in the 1990s, and they continue to fight against the illicit trade today.