Dominion Diamond takes great pride in the work we do to make a difference in the regions where we operate. We run an efficient business that creates jobs, strengthens local and regional economies, and delivers shareholder value, while promoting the safety, development, and well-being of our employees and upholding our social and environmental commitments.
Our integrated approach to social, economic, and environmental development encompasses all aspects of our business. We work to enhance the positive impacts of our business while maximizing the resources we mine. Our commitment includes respect for the natural and social environments, sharing economic benefits, and diligently reducing adverse impacts or outcomes resulting from our work. It involves setting measurable goals, seeking to improve performance against these goals over time, and being open and timely in reporting that performance.
We are approaching our development of new projects in an equally responsible manner and finding ways to make a meaningful impact wherever we operate.
Our Sustainable Development Policy spells out how we nurture a corporate culture that promotes social and environmental development. The policy identifies goals and approaches for each of eight core values:
- Zero harm
- Environmental protection
- Risk management
- Community engagement
- Creating value
The Sustainable Development Policy aligns with two international standards – OHSAS 18001 for health and safety management systems and ISO 14001 for environmental management systems – as well as expectations defined in the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative through the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). As a member of MAC, Dominion Diamond is expected to follow MAC policies and programs, and we use TSM reporting as part of a suite of tools that drive continuous improvement.
Dominion Diamond is also a part owner of the Diavik Diamond Mine, which is operated by a subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc. We are fully committed to the sustainable development objectives and programs employed at the Diavik mine and we rely on the operator for their implementation and management. Rio Tinto is also a member of MAC and participates in the TSM initiative. This report focuses on Ekati, the mine we operate. The full sustainable development report for the Diavik Mine is available here.
Assessments of the Ekati and Diavik mines can be found in the TSM 2015 Progress Report.