Last week, I shared Inkalamu, the 5,655 carat lion emerald discovered by Gemfields last month and for sale this month, in Singapore.
Gemfields are trailblazers because they have an excellent approach to the mining community in Zambia, where they ethically mine Zambian emeralds.
As part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR), most corporations opt to nonchalantly throw funds at a cause in the hope it’ll fix itself.
Instead, this mining company partners with locals on the ground to ensure a ‘community first’ approach. Having heard directly from employees based in Zambia who have worked in the Copperbelt for a few decades, they told me how this makes an enormous difference to their everyday lives. It’d be great to see additional learning opportunities such as bursaries and scholarships for exceptionally talented individuals to get a chance to benefit from the resources abundantly available in their villages and towns.