De Beers is the No. 1 miner for whom most Africans want to work, according to a new survey of more than 13,000 professionals from different sectors on the continent.
The company was named to the mining top spot in the inaugural Careers in Africa Employer of Choice Awards in Johannesburg. The runner-up was BHP Billiton.
“What makes these awards unique is that they are based purely on the views of African professionals around the world,” Rupert Adcock, managing director of the Global Career Company, which ran the survey in association with professional services company Towers Watson, said in a statement.
“It is great to see that our employees clearly align to the purpose of ‘turning diamond dreams into lasting reality,’” added Arthur Hewett, executive head of human resources for De Beers. “This talks to having big and meaningful jobs and making a real difference to our customers, and the communities and countries in which we operate, while unlocking the full potential of all our employees.”