The Kimberley Process

CONFLICT DIAMONDS

Conflict diamonds are responsible for fuelling war and atrocities within certain areas of Africa. As a company Beaverbrooks care passionately about people and totally abhor any abuse of people and human rights.

Every supplier of diamonds or diamond jewellery to Beaverbrooks has given a written assurance that the diamonds invoiced to us have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and are in compliance with United Nations resolutions. Our suppliers guarantee that the diamonds supplied are conflict free, based on their personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by their supplier of those diamonds.

THE KIMBERLEY PROCESS

In May 2000 South African diamond producing states met in Kimberley, South Africa to discuss ways to prevent the trade of conflict diamonds and to ensure that diamond purchasing was not funding rebel movements, violence and helping allies to undermine legitimate governments.

The United Nations General Assembly approved the resolution which supported the international certification scheme for rough diamonds in December 2000. The creation of the Kimberley Process was reached after negotiations in November 2002 between governments, the international diamond industry and civil society organisations. The Kimberley process was launched in 2003 in the participating countries and sets out the requirements for controlling rough diamond production and trade.

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