De Beers Group's Commitment to the Environment

De Beers Group's Commitment to the Environment

De Beers’ business is based on mining nature’s treasures. With this comes an important responsibility to treasure nature by limiting our impact on the environment.

It is therefore essential that we work with our partners and stakeholders to tackle the environmental challenges we face, within and outside our operations, by sharing knowledge, developing innovative solutions and setting tough targets.

In 2013 we set a five-year goal that commits us to environmental best practice across the business, by reducing our reliance on increasingly scarce resources and focusing on biodiversity stewardship, with a commitment to ‘no net loss of significant biodiversity’.

Towards achieving this goal, in 2015 we adopted our newly updated Environmental Standards, covering water; energy/climate change; lifecycle planning and management; hazardous substances, waste and emissions; and biodiversity. And we have pursued these standards in 2016.

All of our working mines and other key facilities are also independently certified to the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard. 

Content from this campaign

De Beers' Group's Senior Ecology Manager Piet Oosthuizen Explains Why He Has the Best Job in the World
How long have you been with De Beers Group? Before I joined De Beers Group, I worked for Sanlam, a financial services group with headquarters in Cape Town. By then I had a BCom degree. I started in July 1989 at Finsch mine (now owned by Petra Diamonds) as Assistant Accountant. Various promotions followed and in 1994 I reached the position of Management Accountant. Then...
Jan 30, 2018 8:30 AM ET
First Nation Elders Visit De Beers Mine to Taste the Fish
The event is one of the ways the company seeks to gain traditional knowledge as part of the mine’s environmental monitoring programme. A dozen lake trout were caught from Kirk Lake by elders from Behchoko and Lutsel K’e, who were accompanied by a member of the mine’s environment team. Kirk Lake is about 20km downstream from the mine site. When the tasting took place, additional...
Nov 6, 2017 8:30 AM ET
De Beers Partners to Hold Conference That Shines Light on Conservation Research
More than 200 conservationists, scientists, academics, students, nature lovers and activists heard about the latest developments in a series of research presentations at the 8th Oppenheimer De Beers Group Research Conference. A kaleidoscope of papers from about 40 speakers shone light on such topics as water quality, climate change, wind farms, pangolins, vultures, leopards, tree skinks...
Oct 27, 2017 8:30 AM ET
Environmental Research From De Beers' Sites Goes on Show at Major Conference
Professor Emeritus Jane Carruthers will kick off the 8th Oppenheimer De Beers Group Research Conference in front of more than 200 conservationists, scientists, academics, students, nature lovers and activists. Her keynote address will give an overview of research over the last century, looking at what has shaped the knowledge of the present research and conservation arena. ...
Oct 17, 2017 8:30 AM ET
De Beers' Victor Mine Plants 166,000 Trees and Willow Stakes
It involves the planting of more than 166,000 trees and willow stakes – the first time anyone has undertaken a programme of this kind in the James Bay Lowlands in north-eastern Ontario. Victor mine opened in 2008 and is forecast to exhaust the current pit in early 2019, so reclamation activities and rehabilitation work is already happening in areas no longer required for the current...
Sep 18, 2017 8:30 PM ET