The De Beers Group has entered a three-year partnership with UN Women to accelerate the advancement of women across its organisation in diamond-producing countries.
As a UN Women partner, De Beers has committed to achieving parity in the appointment of women and men into senior leadership roles, investing in women micro-entrepreneurs and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students in its diamond-producing countries and ensuring De Beers’ brands are a positive force for supporting gender equality through all its marketing campaigns.
Working alongside UN Women, governments and communities in its diamond-producing countries of Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa, De Beers will invest US$3 million to advance the prospects of women and girls by addressing key priority areas.
In Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, the programmes will focus on accelerating the growth of women-owned micro-enterprises to enhance the capacity of women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, increase their income and create sustainable jobs for themselves and their communities.
In Canada, De Beers and UN Women will work with, among others, the University of Waterloo to provide scholarships and mentoring to young women and girls from underprivileged communities who want to pursue studies in STEM.
These programmes are in the advanced planning stages and are due to launch in the coming months, noted De Beers.
De Beers will also accelerate the advancement of women across its organisation by more than doubling the rate of women appointed into senior leadership roles, achieving parity in the appointment of women and men into senior leadership by 2020.
Bruce Cleaver, CEO of De Beers Group, commented, “Diamonds hold a unique place in marking the most precious moments in the lives of millions of women around the world. At De Beers, we believe it is our responsibility and privilege to stand with women, to lead in the pursuit of equality and to give even deeper meaning to the diamonds they are proud to wear and pass on to next generations.”