We do everything we can to ensure that our activities leave a positive and lasting legacy, long after our mines close.
We call this 'Building Forever'.
Learn about our Issue Areas and see the relevant Material Issues:
Explore our Material Issues to find out more:
Community development for producer countries
Consumer demand for diamonds
Diamond pipeline integrity
Economic impact on producer countries
Employee attraction, development and diversity
Health and wellbeing
Land access and resettlement
Mine closure and asset transfer
Waste management and pollution prevention
Water availability and quality
We engaged KPMG LLP to undertake an independent limited assurance engagement, using the assurance standards ISAE 3000 and ISAE 3410 over the sustainability related information in the De Beers Report to Society; the De Beers’ Material Issues webpage as set out at www.debeersgroup.com/materialissues and the De Beers’ Global Reporting Initiative Index as set out at www.debeersgroup.com/publications (together ‘the Report’) for the year ended 31 December 2016. KPMG’s work was performed in the context of the Report as a whole and not over the individual components of the Report.
KPMG LLP’s full statement is available on page 50 and 51 of the De Beers’ Report to Society available at www.debeersgroup.com/reporttosociety. KPMG has issued an unqualified opinion on the Report.
The level of assurance provided for a limited assurance engagement is substantially lower than a reasonable assurance engagement. In order to reach their opinion, KPMG performed a range of procedures which included interviews with management, examination of reporting systems and data testing. A summary of the work they performed is included within their assurance opinion.
Non-financial performance information, greenhouse gas quantification in particular, is subject to more inherent limitations than financial information.
The Reporting Criteria used to prepare the Report are the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines G4 of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as set out at https://www.globalreporting.org supported by De Beers’ internally developed guidelines, as described in the De Beers’ Basis of Reporting as set out at www.debeersgroup.com/publications (together ‘the Reporting Criteria’).
It is important to read the material issues in the context of KPMG’s full limited assurance statement and the Reporting Criteria.