Leanne Kemp – Diamonds, Minerals, and Trust: Creating Sustainable Value Chains


The sourcing of diamonds, critical minerals, and other natural resources has long been associated with issues such as human rights violations, environmental degradation, and conflict financing. To address these challenges, building trust within material value chains is critical. Trust is essential to create transparent, sustainable, and socially responsible supply chains.

This topic explores the role of trust in material value chains for diamonds, critical minerals, and other natural resources. We will discuss the challenges associated with building trust, such as lack of transparency, inadequate due diligence, and weak governance structures. We will also highlight the best practices and tools available to enhance transparency, accountability, and trust in material value chains.

By bringing together diverse perspectives and experiences, this discussion aims to build bridges that enable real change within material value chains. Together, we can work towards creating sustainable supply chains that benefit all stakeholders, including local communities, workers, and the environment.


Leanne Kemp, Founder and CEO

Leanne is Founder and CEO of Everledger. In her role as CEO, she inspires and steers the team of Everlegends to increase transparency and trust with technology, in close collaboration with our industry partners.

She is a prominent figure in the technology sector. Leanne co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Manufacturing and takes part in the Global Future Council on Blockchain. She also leads workstreams at the Global Blockchain Business Council, co-chairs the World Trade Board’s Sustainable Trade Action Group, and is on the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors.

Leanne’s awards include the AIM Global Allan Gilligan Award 2019, Advance Global Australian Awards 2018 for Technology Innovation, and Innovator of the Year 2016 and 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London). In 2018, her entrepreneurial success saw her appointed as the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur in Australia, to develop the state’s startup ecosystem, attract investment and support job creation. She was the first female entrepreneur to hold this position. Her tenure ended in December 2020.

More recently, Leanne has been appointed to the Global Blockchain Business Council as a Regional Ambassador of Australia, an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Future Environment at the Queensland University of Technology and Blockchain Advisory Board Member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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