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. 

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Environment

De Beers' Group's Senior Ecology Manager Piet Oosthuizen Explains Why He Has the Best Job in the World
Since I started in 1989, I was involved with the mine’s wildlife clubs, where I developed a good sense for something that very soon became a passion.

Environment

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.

Research, Reports & Publications

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.

Environment

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.

Environment

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.

Environment

Nature Reserve Run by De Beers Group Aids Eagle Jenny's Recovery
Managers in the De Beers Ecology division and staff at the Dronfield Nature Reserve offered the use of the reserve after hearing what happened to the bird.

Environment

Newsletter Shines a Light on De Beers’ Conservation Projects
The online Diamond Route newsletter carries a host of stories that illustrate how the company’s specialists are conserving the areas around its mines and the animals that live there.

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