The MDS certification system contributes to the formalization and professionalization of the artisanal diamond mining sector by supporting the legalization of mining operations and adherence to requirements pertaining to human rights, health and safety, and environmental sustainability. Integrated into all aspects of mining operations, the Standards contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of artisanal miners, the most vulnerable actors in the diamond supply chain. In addition, the MDS system opens access to international markets and fair pricing for diamonds. As artisanally-mined diamonds become part of the formal economy, they are traceable and taxable by the local government. And by ensuring fair treatment for artisanal miners, their communities and the environment, the Maendeleo Diamond Standards (MDS) respond to consumer demand for ethical jewelry and the industry’s need for responsibly-mined diamonds.
Enrolment to the MDS program
Training on the Maendeleo Standards
Implementation of Standards and Ongoing Support
Site Audit Process
Diamonds that are produced by certified operations are Maendeleo Diamonds, and can be sold through responsible supply chains as an ethical choice for conscientious consumers and a generator of economic benefit to miners and their communities. Miners who produce diamonds receive an achievement certification that encourages the maintenance of best practices.