Gemfields takes home the Responsible Capitalism Award
Mr Ian Harebottle, the Chief Executive Officer of Gemfields and Kagem Mining, has been recognised for his excellence in a...
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Mr Ian Harebottle, the Chief Executive Officer of Gemfields and Kagem Mining, has been recognised for his excellence in and commitment to social responsibility during operations.
In a ceremony at the Palace at Westminster this week, Mr Harebottle was among nominees from across the world in the FIRST Responsible Capitalism category.
“It gives us a great sense of fulfilment to know that we are doing the right thing within the gemstone industry and fulfilling our responsibility as this market’s leaders. Gemfields takes a holistic approach to all of its operations in order to support the ethical and responsible production and sourcing of gemstones and that the communities and economies within which we operate benefit from the operations,” said Mr Harebottle.
“These values are deeply entrenched in all of Gemfields operations across the world and winning this award validates that commitment.”
FIRST, a mutli-disciplinary international affairs organisation, aims to promote an open dialogue between industry leaders across the world in a bid ti improve communication and social responsibility.
The Responsible Capitalism award represents a ‘coherent commitment with business acumen and innovation’ in which a company can measure its success through ‘sustainability, equity and moral justice’ alongside financial achievements.
Harebottle is also the CEO of Kagem Mining, a subsidiary of Gemfields. The company-run social and community development initiatives in these areas include education, health, local economic empowerment, environmental protection.
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