Through our partnerships, we are looking to innovate and to respond to environmental challenges and opportunities together, in a systematic way.
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.
For more information on our environmental initiatives, see our 2016 Report to Society.