De Beers Group's Commitment to the Environment

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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

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
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. This seven-page edition, available free via The Diamond Route website,...
Jun 23, 2017 8:30 AM ET
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. A farmer in the Karoo, a semi-desert region, spotted Jenny, a fledgling, lying unconscious on the ground after colliding with a powerline while escaping from two pied crows. Vets in Kimberley found she had no fractures or...
Jun 22, 2017 8:15 AM ET