De Beers' luxury diamond brand Forevermark has entered a multi-year partnership with the Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F) by joining D.E.F's Empowerment Circle, which was established in 2013 to help the Africa-focused non-profit fulfill its mission to develop the next generation of leaders in diamond-producing nations.
"With an aligned mission of bringing sustainable benefits to the people and communities in diamond producing nations in Africa, our partnership with D.E.F. will help us further deliver on our commitment to responsible sourcing," says Stephen Lussier, CEO of Forevermark.
At last week's GOOD Awards in New York, at which Forevermark was one of the honorees for global leadership and making a positive difference for communities around the world, it was also announced that Forevermark and the D.E.F. will launch the Forevermark Promise Scholars Program this year. Students from D.E.F's three beneficiaries, African Leadership Academy, Botswana Top Achievers Program and CIDA City Campus, will be supported through their academic journey through the Forevermark Promise Scholars Program.
"This partnership is an effective way for Forevermark and D.E.F. to provide scholarships to young emerging leaders exemplifying the good that diamonds can do," says D.E.F. President Phyllis Bergman.