UN SDGs

Working towards global goals

We are embedding material United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Group’s systems and processes while we implement the recommendations of the TCFD to ensure we create sustainable value for our stakeholders.



In accordance with our sustainability strategy, we have started with the following six SDGs, to be implemented over a three-year rolling cycle, as this is a manageable and achievable target with widespread impact.

         
  • Year 1

    Perform a gap analysis to evaluate alignment with each UN SDG

  • Year 2

    Focus on addressing any shortfalls identified in the first year and further strengthen achievements

  • Year 3

    Evaluate the success of those measures to ensure their sustainable application


The interconnectedness of value creation

Across the business, we are focusing on practical and implementable measures to deliver maximum value of stakeholders.

Three key priorities support our strategy in delivering maximum value for stakeholders

  • Extracting maximum value
    from our operation

    Business integrity

    Organisational health and safety

    Advancing our people

  • Preparing
    for our future

    Business integrity

    Environmental stewardship

    Organisational health and safety

    Advancing our people

    Resource efficiency

    Enhancing community benefits

  • Working responsibly and maintaining a social licence to operate

    Business integrity

    Environmental stewardship

    Organisational health and safety

    Enhancing community benefits


Sustainability principles underpin our priorities
  • Upholding business integrity
  • Prioritising environmental protection
  • Creating a safe and healthy working environment
  • Prioritising the development and well-being of our employees
  • Improving resource use efficiencies 
  • Optimising socio-economic benefit

The SDGs support contextualise and inform these principles

2020 to 2022 cycle How the SDGs apply to our Lesotho operation
SDG   Reason for selection
 

Lesotho is a poverty-stricken developing country and, in recent years, the economy has been negatively affected by political instability and a prolonged period of sluggish growth in South Africa.

 

Lesotho’s most significant health challenge remains the high prevalence of HIV/Aids and tuberculosis (TB). The country’s HIV and TB rates are the second highest in the world. Considering healthcare costs and inability to work when ill, high HIV/Aids and TB rates contribute to persistently high inequality and poverty.

 

Although Lesotho is one of the world's water-rich countries, and a traditional provider of water to neighbouring South Africa, the country lacks clean drinking water due to inadequate sanitation. Moreover, in recent years, severe drought has drained the country's water reserves. Given the increased risk of unusual and extreme weather events and climate change, safe and sustainable water supply is crucial for the landlocked country.

 

Diamond mining is the largest private-sector employer of mostly Lesotho citizens.

 

Although Lesotho is more equal than its neighbours, it remains one of the most unequal countries in the world in terms of income, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, class, ethnicity, religion and opportunity.

 

Diamond mining directly contributes to growth and development of the country. We are therefore particularly cognisant of the way we do business and mitigate our impact.