How DEF’s Initiatives Are Improving Lives in Mining Countries

As the world’s leading diamond corporations have adopted more ethical and humanitarian standards and practices in recent years, many have also added philanthropy and social activism to their core corporate values. The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF), established in 2007 by diamond industry leaders, was created to financially support trade initiatives that aid residents in mining locations worldwide. The global nonprofit initially raised money to help young people in African mining communities access higher education, with the stipulation that scholarship recipients would return to their native countries for a time to perform work that diversified the economy or created fair and equitable social structures. It has since expanded to India, where most of the world’s diamonds are cut and/or polished. Nancy Orem Lyman

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