Contributing to Lundin Group’s Inaugural Sustainability Summit

Prizma’s Mehrdad Nazari was an invited contributor to the first Lundin Group Sustainability Summit. This event was organized and hosted by the Lundin Foundation in mid-September 2016 in Vancouver. Participating company members of the Lundin Group included Africa Oil, Lucara Diamond, Lundin Gold, Lundin Mining, Lundin Petroleum, Denison, and RamCoal. Read More


Prizma engaged by Lundin Gold for Sustainability Reporting

Lundin Gold, a listed Canadian mining company, recently engaged Prizma, a niche environmental and social advisory practice, to provide sustainability reporting related advisory services. Lundin Gold is developing its Fruta del Norte gold project in southeastern Ecuador.


Shape of GRI’s emerging Reporting Standards?


On June 28, 2016, I attended one of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)’s public consultation meetings held in North America. These meetings focused on the transitioning of the GRI-G4 Sustainability Reporting GUIDELINES to the GRI STANDARDS. Below my postcard from the GRI event in Chicago and some of my take-aways. Thank you to Edelman for hosting the event. Read More

Welcoming Patricia Darez as a Prizma Associate


It is a pleasure to introduce you to Patricia Darez, a multilingual Chartered Engineer with more than 11 years’ international experience, based in Chile. Patricia is adding considerable additional depth and renewable expertise to our team.

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Prizma Attending IFC’s Sustainability Exchange 2016

I am excited to be among the 200 global executives and practitioners from companies, NGOs, the public sector, international development agencies and academia who have been invited to attend IFC’s 10th annual flagship Sustainability Exchange 2016 event.

This invitation-only event, which will be hosted at the IFC from 25-26 May 2016 in Washington DC, is designed to generate frank dialogue on sharing value across business and society, and address sustainability challenges and opportunities faced by infrastructure and natural resource actors in emerging markets.

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Mine site community visit in Burkina Faso

Lucara Diamond and Lundin Mining in Corporate Knights’ Top 40 List

While contributing to an Independent Monitoring Group review of a gold mining development in Burkina Faso (an inspiring meeting with a women association is depicted above), I was pleased to read that two of Prizma’s Canadian-listed mining clients, Lucara Diamond and Lundin Mining detailed below, made it to Corporate Knights’ 2016 Top 40 list of mid-sized Canadian companies.

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Sustainability Reporting Workshop in Kenya

Prizma was recently engaged to facilitate a workshop on sustainability reporting for an independent oil exploration and development company with assets in the East African rift basin system. The tailored workshop was attended by champions representing a variety of disciplines, regions and stakeholders. It also provided an opportunity to take some time off and visit the Nairobi National Park and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which rears orphaned elephants and rhinos.

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Gold Reserve and Prizma meeting Venezuela President Apr2016

Venezuela’s President hosts Gold Reserve’s Team at Miraflores Palace

As Gold Reserve Inc.’s progresses the development of the join Brisas-Cristinas project, the company’s most senior officers, and environmental and social consultants - including yours truly - involved in the original Brisas Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), were hosted by President Nicolás Maduro at the Miraflores Palace, the official workplace of the President of Venezuela.

The topics of discussions included the current conditions at the KM88/Las Claritas area of Venezuela (see YouTube documentary), which shows the scares of decades of artisanal and small-scale mining activities in the region, and opportunities for transformative changes using modern and responsible mining practices.

The Venezuelan government has been pursuing the diversification of its economy through the industrialization of the mining sector as its 14th economic growth engine about which I blogged here.

IEH Windturbine top shot

Prizma re-engaged by InterEnergy for E&S due diligence review

Prizma was recently re-engaged by InterEnergy Holdings, a regional power company, to conduct an environmental and social due diligence review for two small wind developments in Chile. This review will address also the relevant requirements of the IFC Performance Standards, and the World Bank Group's environmental, health and safety guidelines for wind power generation.    - Shortlink:

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Artisanal Mining at km88 Venezuela

Venezuela MOU paving way for largest gold mine?

Last week (Feb 2016), I had the opportunity to travel to Caracas and witness a new chapter in the development of Gold Reserve Inc's Brisas Gold Project: the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Venezuela during an event hosted at Venezuela’s Central Bank (depicted below).   Shortlink: Read More