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 maintain and enhance consumer demand for, and confidence in diamonds.
The seven founding members of the DPA include ALROSA, DeBeers, Rio Tinto, Dominion Diamond Corporation, Lucara Diamond Corporation, Petra Diamonds Ltd, and Gem Diamonds Ltd.
The DPA’s mission is to protect and promote the integrity and reputation of diamonds, thereby ensuring the sustainability of the diamond industry, through:
Leadership, representing the interests of member diamond producers with governments, NGO’s, media, the financial community and other key stakeholders
Engaging with consumers, current and future – to understand their needs and aspirations and communicate to them the unique value of diamonds as true miracles of nature
Collaborating with other diamond industry organizations and participants to continuously promote best practices and enhance transparency across the entire diamond pipeline
Sharing ideas and best practices amongst members in areas such as employee health and safety, partnership with local communities, supply chain integrity and environmental management
Dominion’s Executive Vice-President, Diamonds, Jim Pounds, is the Vice-Chairman on the Board of the DPA.
More information: http://www.diamondproducers.com
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 Company’s Sustainable Development Policy
View the Ekati mine 2015 Environment Agreement and Water Licence Annual Report
View the current 2015 Socio-Economic Agreement Report.