Fair Trade Gems Project, USA | Print |

The Fair Trade Gems project was launched in 2004 by Eric Braunwart who heads the Columbia Gem House firm, which has extensive contracts with mine operators around the world. Its mining partners agree to support the company’s efforts to safeguard workers, the environment, and the integrity of the gems they produce. Columbia Gem House, Inc. is the first jewellery industry company to join the Fair Trade movement.

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Ekati Diamond Mine’s Workplace Learning Programme, Canada | Print |

Diversified miner BHP Billiton runs a Workplace Learning Program at its 80 percent owned Ekati diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories which enables employees to gain the essential skills they need to do their jobs safely and effectively. The Ekati mine is part of the company’s Diamonds and Speciality Products Customer Sector Group. The initiative helps employees to work towards completing their high school equivalency through the Canadian General Educational Development (GED) testing program.

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Community and Environmental Projects at the Diavik Diamond Mine, Canada | Print |

The Diavik Diamond Mine is located on a 20 square kilometer island in Lac de Gras, approximately 300 kilometers by air northeast of Yellowknife, capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories, and has required extensive sustainability projects. These cover environmental issues, developing unique technologies for the extraction of diamonds which contribute 25 percent of the North West Territories’ Gross Domestic Product, education and training, employment and the creation of new businesses.

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