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Why De Beers?


Culture and values

What underpins everything we do is the pursuit of brilliance. Our ‘personality’ is precise, compelling and progressive. That is what we want our people to be and what we want everyone to say about us.

We are involved in global exploration, mining, sales of rough diamonds, cutting, polishing and manufacturing diamonds, and selling them to customers. It is our customers’ desire for diamonds that drives us.

Those who work for us are encouraged to acquire the skills they need to advance our business and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We invest in our people’s personal development, skills and capabilities and provide a safe and supportive work environment.

Safety and well-being are paramount. They are at the heart of our commitment to zero harm, wherever our people work.

We promote equality and diversity. Indeed, we see diversity as a strength. Our intention is to ensure our workforce reflects the societies in which we operate.

A De Beers employee wearing a safety helmet
A De Beers employee in a mine

Engaging our people

Ours is an ever-changing organisation with a culture that inspires the creation of real value for all our stakeholders. It is a culture of quality leadership, accountability, collaboration and passion, uniting us in a common cause. Working here is unlike working for other companies. Our people have a single vision: to turn diamond dreams into lasting reality. 

In return, we offer the opportunity to take on challenging roles and make a significant contribution to maintaining our position as the world’s leading diamond company. The opportunities for excellence, growth and career development at De Beers Group are as diverse as the people who work here. Some are represented in the following disciplines within each of our business areas:

Exploration: mining geology, resource modelling geology, exploration geology, geochemistry and geophysics.

Mining: processing, engineering, mineral resource management, asset management, metallurgy, ore processing, chemistry and mineralogy.

Midstream: diamond sorting and evaluation, aggregation, rough diamond sales, quality assurance and pricing.

Auction sales: purchasing, product development, pricing, demand analysis and rough diamond sales.

Downstream: grading, inscription, marketing and branding, communications (PR and digital), visual merchandising and licensee relationship management.

Professional: human resources, corporate affairs, finance, information management, legal, strategy and business development, project management, business services, and safety and sustainable development.

We operate in 28 countries and actively encourage talent mobility where business requirements and individual career aspirations align. Equally, we take pride in our track record of transferring and building sustainable local capability in all the areas where we work. 

Our approach to supporting the development of our people is flexible, combining challenging role rotations and assignments with formal training, on-the-job learning, mentoring, coaching and leadership development programmes. And being part of the Anglo American group opens up even broader opportunities in other countries and business areas.

Underpinning our focus on providing opportunities for development is a reward philosophy that recognises both individual achievement and business performance. Our people are well rewarded within a performance-based remuneration approach - individual excellence is encouraged, though we acknowledge that our performance across the full diamond pipeline is what sets us apart.