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Gemfields assembles ‘The G-Factor for Natural Resources’

Gemfields today invites collaboration, input and support from governance bodies, mining organisations, industry observers and host governments in adopting the ‘G-Factor for Natural Resources’, a new measure promoting greater transparency regarding the level of natural resource wealth shared with the governments of host countries. The G-Factor for Natural Resources is intended to be an uncomplicated indicator of the percentage of a natural resource company’s revenue that is paid to the host country government in primary and direct taxes, plus – where the host government is a shareholder – dividends. As such, it is an indicator of the share of natural resource wealth paid to a host country’s government.

Response to Share Price Movement

The Company notes the recent increase in its share price and confirms that there is no disclosable unpublished price-sensitive information relating to the Company at the present time. The Company’s operations in both Mozambique and Zambia remain materially uninterrupted. The Company is closely monitoring the global Covid-19 situation and presently expects to hold three further gemstone auctions this year.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

This Statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and covers the financial year ending 31st December 2020. It provides an explanation of the steps that Gemfields Group Limited and its subsidiaries (“Gemfields” or “we”) take to combat the potential for modern slavery and human trafficking to take place in its business and supply chains.

Results of Virtual Annual General Meeting

Shareholders are advised that the Company’s Virtual Annual General Meeting (“VAGM”) was held today, Thursday 24 June 2021. With the exception of Special Resolution 1, all binding resolutions set out in the Notice of Virtual Annual General Meeting were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders. Further, the Company acknowledges that more than 25% of shareholders have voted against Non-Binding Advisory Vote 1 (albeit by a small margin), being the endorsement of the Company’s Remuneration Policy. As such, and in keeping with the principles of the King IV Corporate Governance Code, the Company will again seek to engage with shareholders in relation to the Company’s Remuneration Policy in due course.

Gemfields Group Limited Virtual Annual General Meeting

Further to the Company’s announcement on 30 April 2021, shareholders should note the following in respect of access to the VAGM to be held on Thursday, 24 June 2021 at 10 a.m. (British Summer Time). Shareholders will be able to view and/or participate through the VAGM online facility. A step-by-step guide on ‘How To Participate In The Annual General Meeting’ will be made available on the Company’s website shortly.

Emerald Auction Results

Gemfields is pleased to announce the results of an emerald auction comprising a series of five sequential mini-auctions held during the period 15 March – 17 April 2021. The auction contained a selection of grades that are typically offered at Kagem Mining Ltd’s (“Kagem”) auctions of higher quality emeralds. Selected lots were made available for in-person and private viewings by customers in Tel Aviv, Dubai and Jaipur. Following the viewings, the auctions took place via an online auction platform specifically adapted for Gemfields and which permitted customers from multiple jurisdictions to participate in a sealed-bid process.

Ruby Auction Results

Gemfields is pleased to announce the results of a ruby auction comprising a series of seven sequential mini- auctions held during the period 15 March – 8 April 2021. The auction contained a selection of grades that are typically offered at Montepuez Ruby Mining Limitada’s (“MRM”) auctions of mixed quality rubies. Selected lots were made available for in-person and private viewings by customers in Bangkok, Dubai and Jaipur. Following the viewings, the auctions took place via an online auction platform specifically adapted for Gemfields and which permitted customers from multiple jurisdictions to participate in a sealed-bid process.

No Change Statement, Notice of AGM and BBEE Annual Compliance Report

Shareholders are informed that Gemfields’ Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2020 (the “Annual Report”) is now available on the Gemfields website at www.gemfieldsgroup.com. The Financial Statements contained within the Annual Report contain no modifications to Gemfields’ Audited Annual Results for the year ended 31 December 2020, which were published on both SENS and RNS on 30 March 2021.
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