Group is the largest to ever achieve RJC Member Certification.
The De Beers Group of Companies has been certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), having met the RJC’s Member Certification system’s highest ethical, social and environmental standards.
The certification will last for three years and will cover parts of the business including De Beers Exploration, its Debswana Diamond Company, its Namdeb Diamond Corporation and its marine and Canadian arms.
Michael Rae, the RJC’s chief executive, said: “The De Beers Group of Companies is the largest diamond mining group to achieve RJC certification and we warmly congratulate De Beers on its certification.
“The successful verification assessment was conducted by Firouzeh Siavoshi from SGS, one of the independent third-party auditing firms accredited to the RJC’s Member Certification system.”
De Beers’ director of public affairs, Dr. James Suzman, said the company is committed to meeting the highest standards, something it says is embedded in its quest to “live up to diamonds”.
“It is particularly pleasing to receive confirmation that we measure up to the exacting requirements of credible and external standards like the RJC’s. De Beers remains committed to supporting industry-wide initiatives like the RJC Certification System that reinforce stakeholder and consumer confidence in the diamond industry.”
The full list of companies that fall under the De Beers Group of Companies certified by the RJC are as follows:
De Beers SA, Luxembourg
De Beers UK Limited (Diamond Trading Company – DTC), United Kingdom
De Beers Group Services Limited (Diamond Trading Company South Africa; DebTech), South Africa
De Beers Exploration, Angola, Botswana, Canada, India, South Africa
De Beers Canada, Inc. (Victor and Snap Lake Mines), Canada
De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited (Kimberley, Venetia, Voorspoed and Namaqualand Mines), South Africa
Debswana Diamond Company (Proprietary) Limited (Jwaneng, Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines), Botswana
Namdeb Holdings, Namibia
Namdeb Diamond Corporation (Mining Area 1, Orange River, Northern Coastal Mines), Namibia
De Beers Marine Namibia (Pty) Ltd, Namibia
Diamond Trading Company Botswana, Botswana
Namibia Diamond Trading Company, Namibia