In late 2011, Zimbabwe was reinstated into the Kimberley Process. Why is this a problem? Because there is evidence that Zimbabwe – particularly the Marange mines – is still funding corruption through diamond mining.
What is the Kimberley Process exactly? This is a stamp of approval created by the UN in 2003 that mandates a diamond is conflict-free. It offers consumers a way to determine the ethical credentials of a diamond prior to purchase.
Despite these efforts, there is a fundamental flaw in the Kimberley Process. The process only really covers issues relating to diamond mining that funds warring rebel militias. It doesn’t fully take into consideration violence and other forms of corruption.
Thus, the fact that Zimbabwe has been re-admitted into the process is controversial, since there is evidence of increased violence and intimidation caused by a corrupt political and military elite.
In an effort to bring some of this corruption into light, Ingle & Rhode – an ethical jeweler based in the UK – created this infographic summarizing some of the corruption that has been plaguing Zimbabwe.
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