Canadian Diamonds Assessment
Brilliant Earth was founded on the principle that luxury goods need not come at great human or environmental cost. To achieve this goal, we thoroughly scrutinize all of our suppliers to make sure that they maintain the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility. Our research into the practices and policies of the Canadian diamond mining industry has led us to believe that the Ekati and Diavik diamond mines in Canada's Northwest Territory (NWT) are some of the most progressive mining operations in the world. We believe that their comprehensive approach to environmental stewardship and community involvement is a model not only for the diamond mining industry but for a wide range of manufacturing and extraction industries.
Brilliant Earth purchases diamonds from the Ekati and Diavik Canadian diamond mines in the Northwest Territory (NWT) of Canada. The combined footprint of both of these mines is less than 20sq km. Even including the temporary ice road, which is open only during winter months, the total footprint of the two mines represents less than 0.005% of the total land in the NWT. This is not to say that because the area of these operations is small the environmental impact of these operations is irrelevant, but the small area makes understanding the impact easier. In our assessment of the Ekati and Diavik Canadian diamond mines, we evaluated both mining operations on environmental concerns, quality of labor and hiring practices, and integration into the local community. Special attention was also paid to the level of independent monitoring.
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