De Beer Group wins NAPEG award for corporate community service

18 March 2020

De Beers Group was proud to accept the Corporate Community Service Award from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG) during the annual awards banquet held on March 12, 2020 in recognition of the company’s efforts to leave a positive, lasting legacy on northern communities.
The Community Service Award recognizes a member or group who has made a significant contribution to improving the quality of life for communities, and which has ideally demonstrated consistency in carrying out community-based activities.
Lyndon Clark, General Manager, Gahcho Kué mine, said: “De Beers is honoured to be recognized for our efforts in community development. We are particularly proud of our team, who has worked hard to develop meaningful relationships with our communities and made a real effort to listen and understand to the needs and priorities expressed by northerners.”
According to Karen Costello P.Geo., President of NAPEG, the award was presented to De Beers Group “for their dedication to communities in the Northwest Territories and contributing to a legacy in those communities through cultural, historical and social initiatives. De Beers commitments do not end with employment and business spend; they have developed and implemented many programs to help build capacity in host communities, and programs aimed at offering sustainable capacity beyond the life of mine.”
The De Beers Group has developed a business sustainability strategy called Building Forever, which is the company’s holistic, integrated approach to building a better tomorrow. The program has the following four pillars, each of which are accompanied by practical goals that the company is committed to implementing: 

  • Protecting the Natural World
  • Partnering for Thriving Communities
  • Standing with Women and Girls
  • Leading Ethical Practices across Industry
 The second pillar in particular – Partnering for Thriving Communities – drives our activities in the area of community service. De Beers Group takes tremendous pride in the work we do to make a difference in the communities where we live and work.