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Diamond Empowerment Fund Announces 2018 ‘Diamonds Do Good’ Honorees




They’ll be presented on May 31.

(Press Release) NEW YORK – The Diamond Empowerment Fund has announced the recipients of its 2018 Diamonds Do Good Awards, to be presented at the D.E.F. annual gala on May 31 at the Four Seasons Ballroom in Las Vegas, NV.

The government of Canada’s Northwest Territories will receive the Diamonds Do Good Responsible Government Award, Rolex will receive the Diamonds Do Good Global Corporate Spirit Award and Bruce Cleaver, CEO of DeBeers Group, will receive the Diamonds Do Good Professional Advancement Award.

Government of the Northwest Territories: Diamonds Do Good Responsible Government Award.

Located in Canada (the third-largest diamond producing country in the world), the Northwest Territories is home to major diamond mines including the EKATI mine, owned by Dominion Diamond Mines; Diavik mine, a joint venture between Rio Tinto and Dominion; and Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine, a joint venture between De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds. The NWT government has a robust mineral development strategy that protects the environment, enhances indigenous engagement and community capacity building, promotes sustainability and leverages a local workforce, all while fostering attractive investment opportunities for the benefit of the local communities.

Rolex: Diamonds Do Good Global Corporate Spirit Award

Philanthropy and corporate social responsibility have been an integral part of Rolex’s corporate culture since its beginnings. The Rolex Awards for Enterprise support exceptional individuals with the passion and commitment to improve life on the planet. Rolex Laureates, as they are known, range in age from 24 to 74 and have carried out projects benefiting millions of people in more than 60 countries by implementing technological and scientific innovations, protecting endangered species and ecosystems, exploring new frontiers, reviving time-honored practices and protecting forgotten peoples, as well as providing safe, affordable water, energy, shelter, food, medicine and healthcare in developing countries.


Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group: Diamonds Do Good Professional Advancement Award 
Named CEO of De Beers Group in July of 2016, Bruce Cleaver has committed the entire organization to the advancement of women and girls. Under his leadership, De Beers has partnered with UN Women to achieve parity in the appointment of women and men into senior leadership roles across De Beers by 2020, invest in women micro-entrepreneurs and STEM students in its diamond producing countries, and ensure De Beers’ brands are a positive force for supporting gender equality through all its marketing campaigns. In recognition of this commitment, Cleaver was named by UN Women as a HeForShe Thematic Champion. HeForShe is the UN’s global movement for acceleration of gender equality.

“The recipients of this years Diamonds Do Good Awards reflect the ongoing positive impact being fostered by the diamond industry around the world”, said D.E.F. President Anna Martin, also senior vice president of GIA. “Sharing these stories with our customers is not only good for business, it is a responsibility for the entire industry.”

For more information and to purchase tickets/sponsorships for the Diamonds Do Good Awards gala, visit



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Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

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