Sustainability overview

The goal of sustainable development is to meet the needs of the present while sustaining the ability of future generations to support their needs. We strive to take a holistic view of business performance and integrate sustainability into all areas of how we operate. We measure our sustainable development progress not only by our achievements but also by the manner in which we manage and mitigate our risks.

Our principles

Reducing our resource consumption

The Group is reliant on non-renewable resources to conduct its business. The efficient use of these resources is of utmost concern and directly contributes to the resilience of the organisation, helping it adapt to an environment that is increasingly resource constrained.

Product integrity

To Gem Diamonds, product integrity signifies that we have met our responsibilities as an ethical and accountable organisation. To achieve this, we have developed a strong culture of corporate integrity and solid governance.

Minimising our environmental impact

We adopt a precautionary management approach when considering potential environmental impacts. The minimisation, mitigation and management of these impacts are key components of the Group’s duty of care – a responsibility we take seriously.

Creating a safe and healthy work environment

Gem Diamonds promotes a culture of zero harm and responsible care. Our workforce is our most valued asset and their health and safety is our priority.

Developing and retaining our people

Our human resource strategy is to engage, develop and retain first-class employees. This is a key element in achieving operational excellence.

Optimising community benefit

Our mines are based within existing socio-economic environments. We benefit from mining diamonds during the life of these operations. In turn, we regard it as our moral obligation to contribute to the sustainable socio-economic growth of the areas in which we operate.

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2015 Performance overview

Being an employer of choice

Principles

Creating a safe and healthy work environment
Developing and retaining our people
Optimising community benefit

Our people are our most valued resource. Providing a work environment that actively promotes their health and safety, as well as their development and retention, is a top priority. We do this by continuously investing in our employees’ skills and capabilities and by promoting equality and diversity in our workforce.

Our performance
  • Zero fatalities (2014: one).
  • Zero lost time injuries (LTIs) (2014: Five LTIs, including the fatality).
  • Zero lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) (2014: 0.20).
  • 78 998 proactive safety management actions implemented (2014: 62 357).
  • 4% staff turnover (2014: 5%).
  • US$38.9 million spent on employee wages and benefits (2014: US$33.8 million).
  • Letšeng obtained OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 certification.

I knew our behaviour based care programme had taken root when I accidentally left the office one day without my safety vest and was cautioned by the first person I walked by. It makes me proud when any one of my colleagues call me to order about safety procedures because it means that we’ve empowered our people to be proactive, and they truly believe in creating a culture of care.

Mazvivamba (Mazvi) Maharasoa
Chief Executive Officer – Letšeng

Ensuring long-term environmental well-being

Principles

Reducing our resource consumption
Minimising our environmental impact
Optimising community benefit
Product integrity

Leaving a positive legacy for future generations is a duty we take seriously. We act with responsibility and transparency in developing our mining projects, constantly seeking to minimise the impact of our operations through all stages of development, from exploration to closure.

Our performance
  • Zero major environmental incidents for the seventh consecutive year.
  • Zero significant environmental incidents for the second consecutive year.
  • No fines for environmental transgressions or non-compliance with host country legislation for the sixth consecutive year.
  • US$12.5 million environmental rehabilitation provision (2014: US$19.5 million).
  • US$1.5 million spent on environmental training, specialist consultants, research and development, green purchases and other matters associated with environmental protection during 2015 (2014: US$1.0 million).

True success in our safety initiatives is not just seen in our numbers; we see it in the fact that our people take pride in being proactive about safety and knowing that what they’ve done, they’ve done well.

Gavin Beevers
Chairman – HSSE Committee

Optimising positive social outcomes

Principles

Optimising community benefit
Product integrity
Developing and retaining our people

We strive to create economic value for the Group while working to deliver ongoing benefits to all our stakeholders. This is achieved through our focused commitment to open, transparent and ongoing engagement with our relevant stakeholders and by ensuring that our integrity as a responsible business is upheld in every arena in which we operate.

Our performance
  • US$0.6 million Group-wide CSI (2014: US$0.6 million).
  • US$152.1 million spent on local procurement (2014: US$138.3 million).
  • Zero major or significant community incidents (2014: zero).
  • Zero cases of bribery, corruption or anti-competitive behaviour have been brought against us to date (2014: zero).
  • Zero incidents of potential breach of confidentiality of clients (2014: zero).

We thoughtfully pursue community projects because we believe it will make a difference to those we help and the business as a whole.

Alan Ashworth
Chief Operating Officer – Gem Diamonds Limited