Total Clarity

The reality of modern diamond mining

Shedding Light on Diamond Production

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By examining the world’s seven leading diamond producers, Total Clarity shines a light on the global impact of modern diamond mining on our workforce, communities and planet.

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People

Communities

Planet

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77,000+

people employed by DPA Members.

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$6.8
Billion

benefits infused into communities through the purchase of local goods and services.

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1,023
Sq Miles

of land DPA Members protect; three times the amount of land that they use.

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66%

more than the national average salary is what the average DPA Member employee earns.

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60%

of the value created is retained locally, benefitting communities directly and indirectly.

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83%

of water used for diamond mining is recycled.

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$3.9
Billion

benefits created locally through employment.

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$292
Million

benefits of social programs including education and healthcare.

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69%

less carbon emission per carat than a laboratory-created diamond.

People

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77,000+

people employed by DPA Members.

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66%

more than the national average salary is what the average DPA Member employee earns.

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$3.9
Billion

benefits created locally through employment.

Communities

Communities icon 1
$6.8
Billion

benefits infused into communities through the purchase of local goods and services.

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60%

of the value created is retained locally, benefitting communities directly and indirectly.

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$292
Million

benefits of social programs including education and healthcare.

Planet

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1,023
Sq Miles

of land DPA Members protect; three times the amount of land that they use.

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83%

of water used for diamond mining is recycled.

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69%

less carbon emission per carat than a laboratory-created diamond.

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Iona MacKenzie, senior team leader for Dominion's processing plant operations in the Northwest Territories, Canada.

Our people

The diamond industry is a leading source of highly sought-after career opportunities in the regions where it operates, providing high-paying salaries and putting the health and safety of employees first. Leading diamond producers shape professional workforces with a long-term view in mind, they also invest significantly in career development, training and apprenticeship programs, and building transferable skills for employees and local community members.

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School children in Botswana, walking to class at the Acacia Primary School near the Jwaneng Mine. Acacia was established for the children of Jwaneng’s employees.

Our communities

The diamond industry makes important contributions to the economies of diamond producing nations, creating benefits in local communities and beyond. Our industry is committed to the local sourcing of goods and services, building infrastructure such as roads and schools, partnering with local governments to advance healthcare and education, helping local businesses to develop and flourish, and ensuring lasting benefits for generations to come.

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Students Tyler Akeeagok (L) from Kugluktuk and Patrick Chinkin from Yellowknife, participate in a nature reclamation project in the Northwest Territories, Canada.

Our planet

Leading diamond producers recognize that mining activities are complex and can affect the air, land and water. Working in partnership with the people who depend on the ecosystems in which we operate and the regulatory agencies that govern how we use them to anticipate, understand, and mitigate any impacts. The diamond industry is constantly evaluating our operations and instituting new programs to improve our environmental performance as we work to make tangible progress to minimize our environmental impact.