Safety & Sustainable development

Safety and Sustainable Development

Our commitment to operating in a responsible and sustainable manner is at the heart of Debswana’s business strategy.
We believe that this approach creates a competitive advantage for our company and social and economic value for Botswana.​

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Sustainability Strategy

Harnessing diamonds for development means we put sustainability at the centre of everything we do.

We implement our sustainability strategy through safety management, occupational health, environmental management (including water and energy), and Social Performance programmes.

Our overall strategy objective is to improve Debswana’s sustainability performance and ultimately achieve Zero Harm, financial success and resource security, while maintaining our company reputation and building resilient community relationships.


Our safety performance continues to improve and our safety record is comparable to the best in the world. Debswana continues to consistently maintain good overall Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rates (TRIFR) against it’s targets.

(TRIFR) of 0.22 for the year against a threshold target of 0.38 and a stretch of 0.36. The total injury classifications consisted of two lost time injuries, six restricted work injuries, and twenty-four medical treatment injuries.

Sustainability Assurance

Debswana operations have retained ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 management system standard certifications.

For the most recent Fatal Risk Control Standards audit, Debswana achieved its stretch target of 93%.

The Social Performance programme recently conducted a Social Way self-assessment and achieved 3.32 against a target of 3.

Our two hospitals in Orapa and Jwaneng have been accredited by the Council for Health Services Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA).


We remain committed to zero net loss of significant biodiversity at our mining operations.

Debswana is committed to ensuring that we conduct our business in such a way that we minimise any impact on the environment.

Consequently we proactively preserve the fauna and flora that originally existed in the areas where we operate. We work in partnership with the communities around our mines, which provide very valuable input into our environmental management programmes.

Conservation and Bioidiversity

15,453ha of land set aside for conservation at Jwaneng (Jwana Game Park).

48,964ha of land set aside for conservation at Orapa (Orapa Game Park).

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​​Debswana Sustainability Strategy