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Gender

At De Beers Group, we believe that by valuing diversity of thought, skills and experience we will be a higher-performing business. We are therefore committed to developing an inclusive and diverse culture, and we recognise that creating opportunities for everyone and striving for gender equality across all levels of the business are integral to delivering this commitment.

With a specific UN Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality, and some 95 per cent of our end customers being female, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls represent a natural area for us to take a leading role, both internally and through our community development programmes.

However, we recognise that women are underrepresented within our workforce, particularly at senior management level.

Therefore, in 2016, the De Beers Group Executive Committee approved a range of new commitments designed to ensure that women have equal opportunities at all levels of the business.

To kick-start implementation, a range of actions in four workstreams have been set out for 2017:

  • Leadership and culture 
  • Policies, processes and practice 
  • Talent development 
  • Measures and governance.

Women in the workforce and management by business unit, 2016 (%)

 

2014

2015

2016

Total employees, Group of companies

23.5

23.8

24.3

Total employees, De Beers Canada

18.2

17.4

18.5

Total employees, DBCM

25.5

25.6

24.9

Total employees, Debswana

20.2

20.7

20.9

Total employees, Namdeb

19.7

20.1

20.6

Total employees, Debmarine Namibia

13.4

14.2

13.8

Total employees, Debmarine SA

18.2

17.9

17.0

Total employees, DBAS

48.7

46.0

42.4

Total employees, FM

35.2

40.6

42.4

Total employees, De Beers group services

39.0

39.1

39.7

Total employees, DTC

49.8

48.9

48.7

Total employees, Exploration

39.2

38.5

41.3

Total employees, Element Six

24.6

25.2

25.1

Total employees, DBGSS and DBSA

45.8

45.6

45.6

Management employees, Group of companies

24.0

24.9

27.2

Management employees, De Beers Canada

19.8

18.6

19.4

Management employees, DBCM

22.6

22.7

24.0

Management employees, Debswana

23.7

23.5

23.7

Management employees, Namdeb

29.9

31.0

32.2

Management employees, Debmarine Namibia

28.9

29.6

29.2

Management employees, Debmarine SA

16.4

15.5

16.8

Management employees, DBAS

40.0

33.3

38.5

Management employees, FM

50.7

53.9

51.6

Management employees, De Beers group services

28.0

31.3

33.6

Management employees, DTC

35.2

32.7

33.9

Management employees, Exploration

32.5

35.3

36.8

Management employees, Element Six

11.4

13.2

24.4

Management employees, DBGSS and DBSA

38.2

32.9

31.3

Senior management employees, Group of companies

12.5

10.2

12.0

Senior management employees, De Beers Canada

0.0

0.0

0.0

Senior management employees, DBCM

0.0

0.0

0.0

Senior management employees, Debswana

18.8

15.8

19.1

Senior management employees, Namdeb

33.3

0.0

0.0

Senior management employees, Debmarine Namibia

0.0

0.0

0.0

Senior management employees, Debmarine SA

0.0

0.0

0.0

Senior management employees, DBAS

0.0

0.0

0.0

Senior management employees, FM

25.0

25.0

25.0

Senior management employees, De Beers group services

13.3

9.1

9.7

Senior management employees, DTC

0.0

0.0

0.0

Senior management employees, Exploration

0.0

0.0

0.0

Senior management employees, Element Six

12.5

22.2

33.3

Senior management employees, DBGSS and DBSA

20.0

16.7

14.3