BOTSWANA SORT DIAMONDS

Botswana Sort diamonds are sourced from mines that meet internationally recognized labor and environmental standards. The majority of Botswana Sort diamonds were mined in Botswana. The rest were mined in Namibia, South Africa, or Canada and brought to Botswana for sorting and sale.

More than any country in Africa, Botswana has harnessed its diamond wealth to invest in its future and raise the living standards of its people. By choosing a Botswana Sort diamond, customers are choosing to work with organizations committed to reinvesting in the economic development of Botswana and southern Africa.

Community

Namibian Diamonds

Botswana Sort diamonds have helped transform Botswana into one of Africa’s most prosperous countries. Nearly one quarter of Botswana’s GDP comes from diamond mining, and revenue from diamond mining is reinvested into development efforts. Since diamond mining began and the country declared independence in the late 1960s, the government has used diamond revenues to institute universal primary education and invest in infrastructure and health care. Botswana Sort diamond mine operators also directly contribute to local communities by helping to fund schools and hospitals, and by supporting local economies through hiring and local procurement.

Labor

The Botswana diamond industry employs up to 7,000 people, offering huge economic support to the region. The mines operate according to internationally recognized standards for labor and safety and injuries to mine workers are rare as a result. Employees receive job training and professional development, creating opportunities for career advancement. Labor standards are similarly high at diamond mines in Namibia, South Africa, and Canada. The health of diamond miners is also a priority. One of the most pressing health risks facing miners in southern Africa is the high rate of HIV infection. To combat HIV, Botswana mine operators provide prevention programs and free antiretroviral drugs.

Environment

Diamond mines in Botswana are dedicated to minimizing their environmental footprint, monitoring their impact, and rehabilitating sites after use. They are also committed to conserving water, maintaining biodiversity, and to reducing their effect on wildlife. In the areas nearby some of the diamond mines in Botswana, sanctuaries help protect endangered species such as cheetahs and rhinos. In some cases, Botswana mine operators are dedicating five hectares of land for conversion for every one hectare of land used for mining. In Namibia, where diamond mining is done offshore and in coastal areas, the mine operator has marine scientific advisory committees to monitor and report on impacts to guide future rehabilitation. In South Africa, the mine operator has launched wind and solar power projects to reduce its carbon emissions. Diamond mines in Canada must comply with Canada’s reclamation and rehabilitation environmental regulation.

ABOUT BOTSWANA SORT

Currently, Botswana Sort diamonds mined in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Canada are aggregated and mixed together, preventing diamond consumers from knowing the exact origin of each stone. While the origins of Botswana Sort diamonds meet our Beyond Conflict Free standards, we continue to advocate for the jewelry industry to best serve consumers and the goal of transparency by making diamonds traceable to their country and mine of origin.

 
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