Friday, June 26, 2009

Blood diamonds and managing operations in conflict zones

After the shock from reading about 200 deaths and human rights abuses by the Zimbabwen government in relation to the explotation of the Marange fields (see attached report: "Diamonds in the Rough"), despite the existence of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, the IPIECA guide on operating in conflict zones immediately came to my mind.

The purpose of the guide is to provide, in a simple and accessible format, basic guidance on risk assessment and risk management in conflict settings that oil and gas companies might face. These include conflicts between companies and local communities which are directly related to the presence and operations of the companies themselves, as well as wider social and political conflicts in which companies are not directly involved but which are very likely to impact on companies operating in such conflict environments.

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