Company praised at South African ceremony for its reporting.
De Beers scored a hat-trick this week, scooping the overall winner and winner prizes for Best Sustainability Reporting in the resources sector at the ACCA South Africa Sustainability Reporting Awards.
De Beers was praised for its Report to Society 2011. Its 2009 and 2010 Reports to Society also won first prize in the Resources category, and were the Overall Winners for Best Sustainability Report.
The company said that operating sustainably and responsibly sits at the heart of its business strategy, describing it as underpinning consumers’ confidence in the integrity of our product.
The judges’ report praised De Beers stating that there was not another report in South Africa that could beat it.
Philippe Mellier, De Beers’ chief executive, said: “It is gratifying that the ACCA judges have again recognised our efforts to report on our commitment to operating responsibly. De Beers has a unique responsibility to our producer partners, our customers and consumers to live up to the values and value of diamonds, and to report on our performance in a robust and transparent way.”
Dr. Nicky Black, head of social performance for De Beers, said that winning the awards for a third year was a great endorsement of De Beers’ on-going efforts to understand and address the ethical, environmental and social issues that matter most to our stakeholders across the diamond value chain and around the world.
ACCA is a driving force in promoting transparency and accountability in reporting on sustainability. De Beers’ Report to Society is available for download from the De Beers Group site.