Antwerp World Diamond Centre honors Oppenheimer by supporting WorldLoop
On July 24th, AWDC presented Mr. Oppenheimer with a gift donation to four nonprofit organizations that operate within this philosophy and align to the CSR pillars of De Beers, WorldLoop was a chosen recipient.
Nicky Oppenheimer, former chairman of the De Beer’s group, has been a strong advocate for corporate social responsibility within the diamond industry. He believes that true opportunities exist for sustainable growth in Africa through sound business models and has adopted policies at De Beers that ensure a positive social, environmental and economic impact in the regions of Africa that De Beers operates. De Beers has been a leader in driving social responsibility into the diamond industry through this commitment and demonstrated actions to operate business ethically.
Later this year, Mr. Oppenheimer will be stepping down as chairman of De Beers and to recognize his commitment to the industry and CSR, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre recently held a gala in his honor. When asked what to get the man who has everything, the obvious answer was to demonstrate the industry’s appreciation for Mr. Oppenheimer’s commitment to the social and economic growth in the African community. On July 24th, AWDC presented Mr. Oppenheimer with a gift donation to four nonprofit organizations that operate within this philosophy and align to the CSR pillars of De Beers.
WorldLoop was selected as one of the four nonprofit organizations to be recognized for our holistic business model to drive social enterprises in East Africa while reducing pollution and preserving the environment. Proper handling and processing of electronic waste is extremely important to protect the environment and workers’ health, as well as to ensure a high quality of the resources extracted.
WorldLoop was instrumental in the set-up of the first dismantling & recycling facility for electronic waste in the East African region based in Nairobi, Kenya. Today, WorldPC is expanding the scope of its operations beyond Kenya.
The financial contribution received from AWDC will enable WorldLoop to train partner organizations in Rwanda, Zambia and Senegal to set up similar e-waste dismantling & facilities in these countries, expanding the scope of responsible e-waste recycling operations in Africa. The contribution will also cover 1000kg of e-waste to be recycled in an environmentally friendly way at the WEEE Centre.
WorldLoop shared this amazing honor with other well established nonprofit organizations such as Transparency International for their commitment to ethics, WeForest for the activities to drive employability and the IVCA for establishing communities.