Dominion’s dedication to responsible mining is part of our value proposition – both to our customers and retail consumers and to our shareholders, communities, employees, and other stakeholders.
We work hard to promote a safe and healthy workplace, protect the environment, and contribute to the quality of life of local communities – and we take great pride in producing diamonds that have a beautiful and ethical story to tell.
Our Sustainable Development Policy spells out how we build a culture of commitment, trust, and respect for people and the environment. The policy identifies goals and approaches in eight areas:
- 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). TSM has gained international renown and been adopted by national mining associations in Argentina and Finland as well as Canada. As a member of MAC, Dominion 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 is also a part owner of the Diavik 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 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 the Ekati mine, which we operate. The Diavik mine publishes its own sustainable development report, which is posted on our website.