De Beers Group's commitment to Society

Supporting the long-term development of the countries and communities where we operate has always been important for our business.

And through strong partnerships, we are able to generate profits for our shareholders while working to ensure our host countries and communities derive the greatest possible socio-economic benefits from their diamond wealth.

We create these benefits by focusing on local procurement, enterprise and infrastructure development, and beneficiation – selling a proportion of our rough diamond production in-country so the value-adding stages in the diamond pipeline stay in our host countries.

We also work hard to understand the needs and concerns of our host communities, consistently engaging and co-operating with them, guided by our Social Way, a framework for managing the impact of our operations on communities.

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Social Impact & Volunteering

De Beers Group Diamond Mine Backs Rugby at Ground Level
Debswana, a joint venture between De Beers Group and the Government of the Republic of Botswana, has already invested P6.5 million in the programme.

Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives

De Beers Group Provides a Solution for a School's Crowded Classrooms
The mine sent in a lowbed truck and crane and partnered with local contractors to transport unused mobile classrooms from Alldays High School to the nearby Alldays Primary School in Limpopo Province, saving the school R150,000, which is what it would otherwise have cost to move them.

Education

De Beers Funds an Upgrade for Two Rural Schools
As part of its Rural School Development Programme, the company teamed up with Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) and the Free State Department to unveil the two infrastructure projects in Viljoenskroon, one of the areas from which its Voorspoed mine recruits labour.

Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives

De Beers Secretaries Use Their Special Day to Help Young Girl Students
The aim of the P7,000 donation of toiletries and sanitary pads by a total of 32 secretaries from the Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa mines was to support young girls in the hostel at Khwee Primary School in the challenges of developing into young women. It was also a demonstration of Debswana’s value of showing its people care.

Sustainable Finance & Socially Responsible Investment

De Beers Group Diamond Conferences Put Botswana Centre Stage
The three events were all under the umbrella of the ‘impact week’ showcase – three days (Tuesday to Thursday) designed to position Botswana as the centre of gravity for the diamond industry and the benefits it can bring. A host of high-profile speakers from government, industry and academia as well as fashion, the media and sports addressed the conferences.

Responsible Business & Employee Engagement

De Beers Teams Up to Provide Free Health Screening to Mining Communities
Around 1,500 people were screened at the health fair held during the Community Health Week in mid-October in the towns of Musina, Alldays and Blouberg.

Education

De Beers and BIUST Sign Deal on Skills
They have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at meeting the skills demands of a changing world.

Responsible Business & Employee Engagement

De Beers Mine Sets up Business Incubator
The programme, run by the specialist mentoring and training company TrioPlus, will provide support to 40 businesses or entrepreneurs – 20 each from Blouberg and Musina. It kicked off in August with two workshops targeting existing and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives

De Beers Partners With Local Institutions to Provide Free Wifi to Young People
A partnership involving De Beers Group has brought free wifi to the Oppenheimer Park in Kimberley to help scores of young South Africans without access to the internet.

Responsible Business & Employee Engagement

De Beers Teams up With Stanford to Aid Entrepreneurs
The Stanford Seed Transformation Programme, part of a US$3 million investment by De Beers Group, is a year-long leadership programme providing management training, team workshops and networking support for southern African entrepreneurs.

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