On June 2, 2021 the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition organised a strategic NGO meeting on diamonds and challenges faced by diamond-impacted communities. This meeting brought together a global group of organizations working with communities impacted by diamonds in order to chart a new path forward. The purpose of the meeting was to:
- facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience regarding challenges faced by diamond-impacted communities
- explore the potential in joining forces to address the responsibility of governments, and industry to do more
- guide industry and consumer action so that the activities bring about systemic change
This meeting was part of the KP CSC’s ‘We Need To Talk About Diamonds’ campaign and helped in guiding and informing advocacy efforts that are increasingly moving beyond the stifling framework of the Kimberley Process.
Kimberley Process Certification Scheme
A survey was circulated prior to the meeting resulting in some useful information both for structuring the gathering to emphasize the priorities of the participants, but also to help understand issues communities face more broadly.
During the meeting attendees shared a diverse range of experiences and points of view varying based on location, organisational structure, mandate and more. The challenges facing diamond impacted communities are complex. In addition to hearing about issues such as the need for improved taxation structure, and building the capacity of organisations to stand up to mining companies, the meeting was also an opportunity to share information about the ways in which diamonds are marketed and new opportunities to influence these markets to benefit impacted communities.
Participating countries & organisations
Today’s environment is different than at the time of the KPCS founding. There is a demand for producer accountability and expectations that purchasers conduct thorough due diligence. At the same time, there is a growing focus on traceability, transparency, and provenance, and a renewed appetite for change among some purchasers. Consumer demand for ethically-sourced diamonds is not yet being met, which offers new market potential. It is time for impacted communities, and the organizations that support them, to again look at diamond production, distribution, and sales and chart a new and influential path forward.
[Photo: Cooper Inveen / GroundTruth for ICIJ]
Community living in the shadow of the Koidu mine in eastern Sierra Leone