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Sustainability Stories

ALROSA enters the Top-5 of sustainability rating «Polar Index»

Mining Weekly, June 2018
ALROSA is in the Top-5 of the pilot sustainability rating “Polar Index” among Russian companies operating in Arctic. The methodology for calculating the rating is based on the theory of sustainable development, established under the guidance of the United Nations. Sustainable development in this context refers to a balance of economic, environmental and social components.

Namdeb recognised for gender equality

The Namibian, June 2018
Namdeb Holdings was presented the prestigious African Union ‘Gender is My Agenda Campaign’ award in the private sector category in recognition of the company’s continued contribution in achieving equity and gender equality in the country. Riaan Burger, Namdeb CEO, said: “It comes to show that our efforts over the years, such as providing bursaries, supporting the women in mining agenda, promoting women in leadership and technical roles, and unbiased training and collaboration with the De Beers Group and the UN Women Partnership (HeForShe campaign), continue to help Namdeb set benchmarks across industries.” Namibia was also presented with the award for being the top performing country in Africa on the promotion of gender equality.

Newsletter highlights research aimed at saving giraffes

De Beers, May 2018
A groundbreaking programme designed to help save giraffes threatened with extinction is featured in the latest edition of the Diamond Route newsletter. This ambitious research project is taking place in De Beers Group’s Rooipoort Nature Reserve in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province on a scale never seen before. Thirty scientists from five countries have come together to find answers to basic questions about giraffe biology – and to more complex ones about conservation programmes and the management of giraffes.

ALROSA – More than 500 social and charitable initiatives in 2017

Yakutia Today, April 2018
In 2017, ALROSA implemented over 500 social and charitable initiatives. The company finances regional development programs, social infrastructure, charitable and sponsorship projects, corporate social programs for employees and their families, and renders targeted aid to residents of the main regions of its presence.

De Beers Group donates US$250,000 to Kiran Hospital in Surat

De Beers, April 2018
De Beers has donated US$250,000 to the Kiran Hospital in India’s diamond capital of Surat, to support the recently-opened facility in continuing to provide vital, accessible and high-quality healthcare to patients. Opened in 2017, Super Specialty Kiran Hospital is a not-for-profit facility that provides a comprehensive range of health and medical services, treating patients from all sections of society and from across the state of Gujarat, and India more broadly. The donation complements the donations/support of many other diamond businesses from across India that have played a major role in establishing and supporting the facility. It is part of De Beers’ commitment to help create a sustainably better future for the communities it operates in, to leave a positive legacy that lasts beyond diamonds.

Rio Tinto, PM’s department fight domestic violence

Financial Review, March 2018
Rio Tinto and Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull’s, federal department have stepped up long-term commitments to stopping violence against women, receiving milestone accreditation from Australia’s White Ribbon campaign.  Rio Tinto’s managing director Australia Joanne Farrell said the company was proud to “be the first resources firm to receive White Ribbon accreditation. “We realize safety at work needs to be augmented by safety at home, and we believe accreditation would support our desire to have a culture of respect and gender diversity. It’s both a business outcome and a responsibility to our employees and our communities”.

Stories behind the brilliance of Diamonds

Medium, March 2018
From mine to market, women play an integral role in the journey of a diamond. These articles are of a series around International Women’s Day that profiles women working in each stage of a diamond’s journey and the impact it has on their lives.

ALROSA looking at tomorrow: its commitment to a responsible industry – Peter Karakchiev’s interview

Rubel & Ménasché, February 2018
ALROSA has pulled out all the stops in recent years to achieve a leading position in the diamond industry and to make a greater commitment to responsible sourcing approaches. Peter Karakchiev, Head of International Relations Department at ALROSA answers questions about ALROSA’s approach to sustainable development.

Newsletter spotlights top conservation research

The Diamond Route, February 2018
This 10-page issue of the Diamond Route newsletter features summaries of papers presented at the 8th Annual Oppenheimer De Beers Group Research Conference held in Johannesburg last autumn. The research was carried out by leading environmentalists and academics on the Group’s conservation areas around its mines in southern Africa and Canada. The Diamond Route is a series of seven properties in South Africa and Botswana owned by De Beers Group, totalling 180,000 hectares. The Group manages six and a half hectares for conservation for every one used for mining operations.

34.8KW solar rooftop plant at diamond grading institute

Times of India, February 2018
The International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research (IIDGR), a part of the world’s leading De Beers Group, has become the first international company in the Diamond City to install a 34.8 kilowatt solar roof at its grading and inscription facility.
In a big move for providing its operations with renewable energy supply, the IIDGR will be generating an average of 56,000 units of electricity each year, thereby reducing the heat load of the building by 90% and significantly decreasing electricity used for air-conditioning.

Myths Busted: The Truth About Diamonds

Rapaport, December 2017
Unlike almost any other industry, mining builds communities and a sense of belonging, none more so than in diamonds,” says Kathy Chappell of Fair Trade Gems, who was recently named ethical-issues adviser to the London Diamond Bourse (LDB). The isolated nature of diamond mines means the workforce lives close by and develops a community spirit, which the diamond industry supports by investing in hospitals, schools, training and bursary programs.

5,000 lives changed…and counting

De Beers, December 2017
The Khula Weekend School (KWS) was founded in 1997 to help students aged between 15 and 18 with high potential but who were not performing at school. Students signed up to attend extra lessons at weekends to achieve the results in maths, science and English they need to apply to university.
Innocent Mabusela, Head of Corporate Affairs at De Beers Consolidated Mines, said he was thrilled to be celebrating two decades of helping young students and was humbled by the excellent results the students had achieved.

Diamonds Do Good: Sharing the Wealth

Rapaport, December 2017
Now in its 10th year, the Ddiamond Empowerment Fund has given out millions of dollars in student grants and to organizations that facilitate access to better education, skill-building and vocational training, the fund reports. The idea is that students should come back and contribute to the economic development of their home countries

Putting men’s health on the agenda

De Beers, November 2017
At De Beers Group, men’s health has been integrated into our wellness and occupational health programmes. These include education and screening of common male cancers, raising awareness around mental and psychological wellbeing, and education about healthy living.We also run risk-based medical surveillance programmes that take into account cognisant issues relating to men’s health.

Diamonds that Make the World a Better Place

77 Diamonds, October 2017
Most people are unaware of the positive impact that diamonds have on various communities. In remote locations where diamonds are mined, their sales have helped turn around the lives of local communities that either developed because of the mining process, or pre-existed. Lifting them up from depths of poverty, hunger, and destitution, the sales of these precious rocks have helped generate employment, education, and health facilities.

Benefication core to De Beers business model

Mail and Guardian, July 2017
As part of its sustainable beneficiation programme De Beers provides training and development, supplies rough diamonds for local cutting and polishing, facilitates jewellery design and manufacture and supports enterprise development.

Helping to create a ripple effect across Botswana’s economy

De Beers, May 2017
[De Beers] has so many touchpoints with different parts of Botswana society, that simply contributing through royalties, dividends, taxes and employment is not enough for us. We need to look constantly for ways in which we can embed the opportunity for further economic development and diversification. And one important way in which we can provide direct support to Botswana’s businesses is through putting the supply chain to work. The more we can source the required goods and services from local providers, the more economic benefit can be retained in-country from our diamond exploration, mining, sorting and sales activities. Last year De Beers Group and its joint ventures spent P4.3 billion with Botswana-based suppliers. This represented more than 80 per cent of our total procurement spend in the country and helps to ensure that other enterprises in the country can grow alongside us.

MAC fetes Dominion Diamond and Vale with 2017 TSM Excellence Awards

Mining Association of Canada, May 2017
Both Dominion Diamond and Vale have been recognized with TSM Excellence Awards for demonstrating how leading mining companies are integrating sustainability into all aspects of their business, from transforming how they process waste on site to how they ship their products to market. We congratulate both companies for successfully finding new opportunities to protect the environment and preserve the traditional cultures of local Indigenous communities, and for inspiring others to follow their lead,” stated Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC.

De Beers celebrates wildlife conservation accolade

April 2017
The Wildlife Ranching South Africa Award has been picked up by De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) for its ecological management of four private game reserves in the Northern Cape and Limpopo provinces. Judges singled out DBCM’s ‘disciplined approach’ as being ‘best-in-class in the industry’ and highlighted the success of its sustainable wildlife management practices and promotion of wildlife touris.m Piet Oosthuizen, Senior Manager, Ecology and DBCM Properties, said: “We have had a strong focus on biodiversity management for many years. For every hectare of land affected by our mining activities, De Beers Group manages five times that amount for conservation.

Lucara’s Micro-Lending Fund for the Karowe Community

Lucara Diamond You Tube, April 2017
The cornerstone of our community support is the Karowe Emerging Entrepreneur Fund (KEEF).  This is a micro-lending scheme to support entrepreneurial initiative for the community.

Photo contest highlights women’s role in mining

March 2017
A global photography contest is being sponsored by De Beers to celebrate the role women play in the mining industry and to raise their profile. The judges are looking for images that depict women and male champions for diversity from across the mining and associated industries – from mine sites to corporate offices, from accountants to shot firers, from artisanal mining to large-scale mining, from institutions of learning to decision-makers in government, from the industrial revolution to modern day technology, from women on boards to community workers.

De Beers Consolidated Mines has won the Wildlife Ranching SA award for ‘Biodiversity and Social Responsibility’

March 2017
De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) has won the Wildlife Ranching SA award for ‘Biodiversity and Social Responsibility’, in recognition of its approach to ecological management.  Judges singled out DBCM’s “disciplined approach” as being “best-in-class in the industry” and referenced the success of its sustainable wildlife management practices and promotion of wildlife tourism. DBCM safeguards more than 35 species on its sites that are classed as either endangered, threatened or protected, and hosts viable populations of sable, roan and tsessebe antelope.

Explorers post a new safety milestone

March 2017
The De Beers Canada Exploration team has established a remarkable record of safety excellence, going six years without a lost time injury despite the fact that the team members often work in remote and inhospitable terrain, dealing with swamps and heavy brush, and sometimes packing heavy equipment.

Sanitary towels and shoes help children stay in school

March 2017
De Beers has stepped in to provide shoes and sanitary towels for dozens of South African children to prevent them from missing out on their schooling as part of the Limpopo Back to School campaign. Some of the challenges facing youngsters in rural Limpopo are the long distances travelled by learners to gain access to an education. Similarly, many young girls miss up to a whole week of school each month because they cannot afford sanitary towels

Survey spotlights grizzlies in the Arctic tundra

De Beers, February 2017
Grizzly bears in Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT) have come under the spotlight in a program supported by De Beers, Rio Tinto, Dominion Diamond and the University of Calgary to build a better understanding of bear populations in the remote area.

Letšeng spends M9m on scholarships

January 2017
Letšeng Diamonds has spent over M9 million since 2006 awarding scholarships in the fields of for mining engineering, geology, metallurgy, mechatronics, mineral survey, electrical engineering, engineering management, environmental health and accounting. So far 41 scholarships have been awarded.

Green Light for Namdeb Windfarm Deal

November 2016
Namdeb has named Oab Energy to build, run and maintain a windfarm. The project, due for completion in April 2017, involves four 2MW wind turbines, which together will generate ~17%t of Namdeb’s total electricity consumption.  10 solar water heaters were installed in Oranjemund in 2014 and another 80 will be installed towards the end of this year. Namdeb is also working on retrofitting lights on plants’ conveyors with LEDs and reducing idle times on earth-moving machines.

We fish today, for fish tomorrow

Video by Diavik Mine describing its environmental monitoring incorporating traditional knowledge from local communities. The mine’s aquatic effects monitoring program was designed by community members to evaluate fish health and water quality using traditional indicators. As part of this program fish were caught, cleaned, inspected, cooked, and tasted and water was inspected, sampled, boiled, and tasted. Participants shared traditional knowledge of the Lac de Gras area and recorded their observations of the fish and the water.

ALROSA to Support Reindeer Protection Program

October 2016
ALROSA is supporting a Reindeer Protection programme to help preserve the traditional way of life of the indigenous minorities and the biological ecosystems in the area around the Verkhne Munskoe diamond deposit.   Satellite radio collars are now being attached to reindeer to transmit their location every 20 minutes.  When the reindeer enter a production area or start crossing the access road the division is brought to a standstill so that the reindeer can pass freely.

Lions and Zebra are red list winners

October 2016
The Red List is a globally recognised tool to categorise the risk of extinction for the world’s species. South Africa’s Mammal Red List, part funded by De Beers, has recently relisted the African Lion and the Cape Mountain Zebra as ‘Least Concern’ down from their previous status of ‘Vulnerable’, mainly as a result of their population growth on game farms and wildlife ranches.

Gahcho Kué could contribute $6.7 billion to NWT economy

MyYellowknifeNow, 7 September 2016
The Gahcho Kué mine could provide a $6.7 billion boost to the Northwest Territories economy over its lifetime, according to a report by De Beers’ Canada. It has already provided $440 million to the NWT economy between 2006 and 2015, but nearly 90 per cent of the mine’s economic impact will happen once the mine becomes fully operational in 2017.

De Beers develops interactive poster about its commitment to conservation

September 2016
De Beers showcased a new interactive poster at the recent International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress to demonstrate its passion for biodiversity and its work in protecting ecosystems and endangered species.

Lucara gives back

Botswana Daily News, 16 August 2016
Lucara Diamond Corp has donated over P2.6 million to the Lady Khama Charitable Trust. The funds, raised by the auction of 3 stones at Sotheby’s then matched by Lucara, were distributed by the Trust to the Lady Khama Disability Programme, Tlhokomela Trust, Botswana Retired Nurses Society and  Grandmothers Support Group.  These three charities were selected by the Trust as they spoke to Lucara’s corporate social responsibility focus, namely disadvantaged children, women and wildlife protection in Botswana.

Diavik Foxfire lights the way

Robyn Ellison, M2M, 2016
The story of the 187 carat Diavik Foxfire which came from the core of the earth to rest below a frozen lake …”and was discovered in a remarkable feat of human engineering all the while preserving the integrity of Diavik’s pristine environment. This was accomplished while working closely and respectfully with local communities – especially local Indigenous communities – to ensure they derive enduring benefits from the relatively short economic life of the mine”.

Botswana: Sustainability Champion

The Patriot on Sunday, July 2016
Mphoto Mosute describes her career path from the position of Environmental Coordinator at Jwaneng mine  to her current position of co-ordinator for Debswana’s sustainability strategy.

Debswana injects millions into education

Lebogang Baingapi, Mmegi Online, April 2016
Debswana Jwaneng Mine in partnership with the government (the Debswana Government Schools Development Programme) has sent experts to local schools to assist in teaching Science, Maths and English. The mine has also refurbished two libraries in local schools, invested in developing the teaching of agriculture, and provided school desks and an information centre at the local library.

The Canadian diamond mine putting ethical diamonds on the map

Marian Hume, The Jewellery Editor, March 2016
“Diavik is an inspired collaboration between indigenous stakeholders and a modern mining company, guests in the pristine land of the caribou. The Diavik Foxfire encapsulates all that is good about diamonds: care for the land, community benefits…a promise of new wealth, a legacy for future generations.”

Extractive industry creating employment for locals in Botswana

CCTV Africa, Video (1:45), June 2016
The diamond industry in Botswana is a key contributor to the country’s economy and its employment statistics. In 2014 the partnership between the government and DeBeers Company created 34,000 jobs and employed 8,000 people, most of whom were Botswana citizens.

De Beers Victor Mine Wins National Safety Award

IDEX, May 2016
De Beers Victor Mine in Ontario was recently the recipient of the John T. Ryan Award for 2015, Canada’s most prestigious award for mine safety. This is the second time that the Victor Mine has won an award, having been named International Mine of the Year in 2009, by /readers of Mining Magazine.

Forevermark launches Rhino rescue effort in Botswana

Anthony DeMarco, Forbes, February 2016
Forevermark, the De Beers diamond brand, is supporting the Tlhokomela Trust, which has a mission to “perpetuate and expand Botswana’s vast and pristine wilderness and protect critically endangered rhinos and other species.”

De Beers takes a shine to five black-owned diamond companies

Allan Secombe, Business Day Live, July 2016
De Beers has selected five black-owned cutting and polishing companies for special attention towards meeting the South African government’s demands for beneficiation of the country’s mineral wealth.  De Beers will provide technical and production support in all aspects of the business. It will also facilitate access to funding and provide rough diamond supplies to ensure they could compete locally and overseas.

A proud legacy: Creating Aboriginal business development opportunities at Diavik

Robyn Ellison, M2M,
Right from the initial planning stages at Diavik, local Aboriginal communities have been widely consulted about the operation and impact of the mine. This engagement has led to the development of considerable employment, training and capacity-building opportunities. An environmental agreement also allows the Aboriginal partners to monitor Diavik’s environmental activities in a pristine landscape that is extremely precious to their culture and way of life.