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De Beers UK Ltd

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Who are De Beers UK Ltd?

Established in 1888, De Beers Group is the world’s leading diamond company with expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. Together with its joint venture partners, De Beers Group employs more than 20,000 people across the diamond pipeline and is the world’s largest diamond producer by value, with mining operations in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa. As part of the company’s operating philosophy, the people of De Beers Group are committed to ‘Building Forever’ by making a lasting contribution to the communities in which they live and work, and transforming natural resources into shared national wealth.

De Beers Technologies UK, based in Maidenhead, Berkshire, provides leading edge technology to the midstream and downstream parts of our US$6 billion business. De Beers Technologies UK carries out fundamental research and delivers sorting, grading and diamond identification equipment for the diamond industry (some internally and some externally). Employing more than 80 scientists, engineers, technicians, production and support staff, De Beers Technologies UK has core expertise in spectroscopy, image processing, software development, electronics, mechanical design and robotics. De Beers Technologies UK offers a friendly, supportive and vibrant environment of talented and innovative people.

De Beers Group is a member of the Anglo American plc group. For further information about De Beers Group, visit www.debeersgroup.com

What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women's recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are De Beers UK Ltd involved in?

In September 2017, De Beers Group announced a three-year partnership with UN Women to accelerate the advancement of women across its organisation, in its diamond producing countries and in its marketing. As a UN Women partner, De Beers has committed to achieving parity in the appointment of women and men into senior leadership roles by 2020, investing in women micro-entrepreneurs and 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.

De Beers’ commitment to create a step-change in the appointment of senior leaders is coupled with a holistic approach already underway and focused on attracting and developing women at earlier stages in their careers wherever De Beers operates across the diamond value chain. A Gender Diversity Steering Group has been established, reporting to the De Beers Group Executive Committee, with involvement from senior women and men across the organisation to meet this commitment, sustain it and build on it through tailored action plans in each part of the business. Group-wide initiatives already underway included a review of talent attraction and development processes, the rollout of unconscious bias training, the establishment of a senior management-led reciprocal mentoring programme and the review of policies and recruitment guidelines.

Why did De Beers UK Ltd join WISE?

“Across De Beers we recognise that greater diversity is better for business – and the right thing to do. This is why I’m committed to attracting more talented women scientists and engineers to De Beers Technologies. In addition to our internal initiatives in this area, WISE membership will be instrumental in driving the diversity we need to innovate and grow.”

Dr Simon Lawson
Head of Technologies UK
De Beers UK Ltd

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