For Women. Forever.
For Women. Forever.
Each Forevermark diamond is as unique and special as the woman who wears it. You can feel proud to wear a Forevermark diamond, not only because of what it symbolises for you, but also because of the benefits it brings to many women and their families in countries like South Africa, Canada, Botswana and Namibia.
These benefits include better quality healthcare and education, valuable career opportunities and professional training.
Forevermark, as part of The De Beers Group of Companies, supports many women through their rewarding careers as miners, geologists, engineers, trainers, expert craftspeople, managers and support staff. Others provide us with essential products and services, from logistics to expert consultancy.
Forevermark, as part of The De Beers Group of Companies, supports a series of enterprise development funds, such as the De Beers Zimele fund. In 2014, Zimele benefitted over 62 small and medium-sized businesses in South Africa, creating over 1,175 jobs in farming, jewellery, design, food distribution and other sectors. Over a third of the people who benefited directly from that funding were women.
In January 2015, De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) launched Zimele’s latest business hub in Cape Town, the fifth so far in South Africa, after the successful launch of similar hubs in the Northern Cape, Limpopo, Gauteng and the Free State.
A similar programme called Tokafala was launched in Botswana in 2014. Of the 60 entrepreneurs that Tokafala has helped so far, 23 are women.
Good healthcare and education are essential for the social and economic development of local communities, and for women and children to thrive. As part of The De Beers Group of Companies, Forevermark helps provide healthcare and free education for all its employees, their families and surrounding communities. The hospitals at Orapa and Jwangeng mines in Botswana are run in partnership with Botswana’s Ministry of Health, and double as district hospitals, open and free to all.
The De Beers Group of Companies has long been committed to protecting employees and diamond communities from HIV, AIDS and associated illnesses, such as tuberculosis, the consequences of which can fall heavily on women. To combat this, the Group has a free and highly effective programme for HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and support, which extends to all employees’ family members.
The De Beers Group of Companies uses a similar partnership model for education. Both of these mines also have schools that provide education to students from the surrounding areas, regardless of whether or not their parents work in the mines.
In South Africa, more than 3,000 students have benefited from the Khula Weekend School (KWS) set up by the De Beers Group of Companies to help employees’ children as well as children from local communities surrounding mining areas in South Africa. The objective of KWS is for learners to achieve good grades at Matric level that will allow them easy access to University education and prepare them to complete their tertiary studies in stipulated time.
Previously known as the De Beers Saturday School, KWS was set up in 1997 to help children aged between 15 and 18 In Maths, Science and English. The school has grown and has established centres in Soweto (University of Johannesburg), Vanderbijlpark (Vaal University of Technology), Alldays and Musina in Limpopo.
The pass rate is 100 %with most students achieving a mark well above 60 % in each subject, in some cases higher than 90 %. This year, KWS supports 832 learners, including 548 girls.
Protecting Nature's Treasures
Forevermark, as part of The De Beers Group of Companies, is committed to the preservation and protection of habitats, their species and the wider natural world.