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Responsibility

Responsibility

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Dominion Diamond Corporation upholds an integrated approach to corporate responsibility that encompasses all aspects of responsible business.

The Company is committed to operating in a sustainable manner and with the utmost integrity to enhance the positive economic, environmental and social impacts of its business while maximizing the resources it mines. Our commitment is guided by the principles of social responsibility, environmental stewardship and economic sustainability.

At Dominion Diamond Corporation, we believe people are our most important asset. That is why we are fully committed to the health, safety and well-being of our employees and to establishing strong, lasting and respectful relationships with the people and communities with whom we work.  This includes working collaboratively with Aboriginal and local community leaders, stakeholder groups and governments by sharing information and engaging to better understand their needs and expectations.

To meet our commitment to help protect our fragile northern environment, we maintain a high standard of environmental stewardship throughout all phases of our operations.

The Company is fully committed to ensuring our northern mines continue to be an important cornerstone of the Northwest Territories economy. To this end, we will report regularly on our progress in fulfilling our obligations to stakeholders.

As part of our overall commitment to excellence, we will set measurable goals, improve performance against those goals over time and report that performance in a transparent and timely manner.

Responsible Trade in Diamonds


Dominion Diamond Corporation is committed to ensuring that all aspects of its business – including diamond mining and the sale of rough diamonds – reflect the highest standards of conduct.

Canada subscribes to an international system of certification and warranties known as the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) and The System of Warranties. The KPCS is a joint government, diamond industry, and NGO initiative that imposes extensive requirements on its member countries to enable them to certify the origin of their rough diamonds and prevent illicit or “conflict” diamonds from entering legitimate trade. The System of Warranties is an extension of the Kimberley Process where members of the diamond trade provide a written guarantee on all invoices that the diamonds are conflict free. All warranties whether given or received must be audited and reconciled on an annual basis. The System of Warranties provides assurance that diamonds are from conflict free sources all the way to the diamond jewellery retailer.

 

As Canada subscribes to the KPCS, diamonds from the Diavik Diamond Mine (in which the Company holds a 40 per cent interest), and the Ekati Diamond Mine (in which the Company holds a controlling interest), are conflict free.

Responsible Jewellery Council
The Company is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council which promotes responsible, ethical, environmental and social practices throughout the diamond chain, from mine to retailer.

Diamond Producers Association

In May 2015, Dominion Diamond Corporation joined six of the world’s other leading diamond mining companies in forming the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) to support the development of the diamond sector.

The founding members - ALROSA, DeBeers, Rio Tinto, Dominion Diamond Corporation, Lucara Diamond Corporation, Petra Diamonds Ltd, and Gem Diamonds Ltd- will work together to maintain and enhance consumer demand for, and confidence in diamonds.  The DPA’s remit also includes providing a reliable source of information about the industry, acting as a unified voice of the diamond producers, and engaging with industry and non-industry organisations.  Its members will share best practices in health, safety and environment management, and supply chain integrity.

Dominion’s Executive Vice-President, Diamonds, Jim Pounds, is the Vice-Chairman on the Board of the DPA.

More information:  http://www.diamondproducers.com

CanadaMark™

The CanadaMark™ hallmark program is a strategic initiative of Dominion Diamond Corporation to assure the integrity of the supply chain of Canadian diamonds from mine to retail, and gives the end consumers of diamond jewellery confidence in the origin and history of their polished diamonds.

Every CanadaMark diamond is:

  • Responsibly mined in Canada's Northwest Territories;
  • Natural and untreated;
  • Tracked through audited processes at every stage from country of origin to polished stone; and
  • Meets specific quality standards

For more information on the CanadaMark hallmark program including retailer locations, please visit www.canadamark.com

Environmental and Social Responsibility

The Company is fully committed to maintaining and advancing the principles and practices of sustainable development, while maximizing the resources mined. This commitment includes respect for the natural and social environments, sharing economic benefits and diligently reducing adverse impacts or outcomes resulting from our work. In addition, this commitment extends to setting measurable goals, seeking to improve performance against these goals over time, and to transparency in reporting that performance. This framework also identifies important stakeholders, including: co-workers, host communities, regulators and customers. 

Responsibility at Diavik

 As a responsible owner in the Diavik Diamond Mine (which is operated by a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, plc), Dominion Diamond is fully committed to the sustainable development objectives, programs and processes currently employed at the Diavik mine site, and relies on the operator for their implementation and management.

Click here to view and/or download Diavik’s annual sustainable development report.

Responsibility at Ekati

Having acquired its controlling ownership interest in the Ekati Diamond Mine Joint Venture in 2013, the Company’s intention is to continue to build on Ekati’s strong track record by maintaining the operation’s recognized high standards in health and safety and responsible mineral resource development, minimizing environmental impacts, participating in the local communities and sharing the benefits of mineral production with our business partners, local communities and the people of the North.

The Company is equally committed to ensuring that the Ekati Diamond Mine remains a cornerstone of the Northwest Territories economy well into the future and reporting regularly on its progress in fulfilling its obligations to all stakeholders.

View the current 2014 Socio-Economic Agreement Report.