Its investment of US$24.3 million in development training for its workforce in 2015 was 30 per cent higher than US$18.8 million it invested in 2014. Social projects received investment worth US$28.2 million, which benefited 47,800 people in its producer countries – an increase from the US$27.6 million it invested in 2014.
Continued improvement was seen in safety performance in 2015, with De Beers achieving a 15 percent reduction in the total recordable case frequency rate. The company reduced its environmental footprint, achieving savings of US$6.8 million as a result of reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions over the last two years. De Beers continued to demonstrate compliance with performance standards in 2015, becoming re-certified with the Responsible Jewellery Council and marking the 10th anniversary of its own externally assured compliance programme – Best Practice Principles – which now covers 320,000 people across the diamond pipeline, in 72 countries.
Philippe Mellier, Chief Executive, De Beers Group, said: “Investing for the long term, driving positive change and unlocking opportunities through diamond development are at the core of what we do and I am very proud of our performance in these areas in 2015. However, positive performance must not be seen as grounds for complacency and we will redouble our efforts in 2016 so that diamonds continue to have a positive and lasting impact for our partners, our employees and the communities in which we operate.”