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Why are GRI report publication dates shifting to later?

Image Best-Before 03As a GRI-G4 certified practitioner in sustainability reporting, I note an interesting trend. Reporting dates appear to show a forward shift (on average), although you might expect the opposite, as organisations get better at it. Why is this?

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Welcoming Petrus Gildenhuys

Petrus in blue photoPetrus Gildenhuys, formerly with ERM and PwC, has joined Prizma's networked and outcome oriented consulting practice as a Senior Sustainability Reporting and Assurance Advisor. Petrus has already been contributing to several of Prizma's recent projects. These include an independent assurance engagement for a GRI-G4 sustainability reporter in the mining sector, and assisting the World Bank with a sustainability reporting review panel.    http://wp.me/p27qSt-EW

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Postcard from Portugal

Recently, I had a chance to join my colleague Petrus Gildenhuys as part of an AA1000 assurance assignment and visit Portugal. It was a beautiful drive to site: the undulating landscape was interrupted by idyllic villages, and we lost count of the number of storks we noticed along the way. The World Cup was dominating small talk, although it was starting to compete with news about the troubled Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo.    http://wp.me/p27qSt-EQ

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Assisting World Bank with Sustainability Reporting Review Panel

Prizma has been invited by the World Bank to support its sustainability reporting process by convening a reporting stakeholder review panel. What are some of the issues you would be raising if you were a member of this sustainability reporting review panel?  http://wp.me/p27qSt-Do

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Welcoming Dr. Angela Witt to Prizma

As we continue to expand our cadre of experts to better serve our clients’ needs, we welcome veterinarian Dr. Angela Witt (DVM, ACVIM) as a Senior Scientist to our team.

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NGO BankTrack zooming in on Equator Banks

BankTrack 2012 Annual ReportBankTrack, a networked NGO, continuous to position itself as a watchdog of the Equator Principles. According to its recently launched 2012 Annual Report, BankTrack is expecting to provide a platform for NGOs to pursue Equator Principles-related complaints.

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Prizma supporting Independent Engineer on Mining Project

imagePrizma is pleased to be invited by Roscoe Postle Associates (RPA) to support its assignment as Independent Engineer of a mining project. This includes providing an opinion about the project’s alignment with the Equator Principle.

To learn more about Prizma, please access its latest newsletter here (PDF, 501 KB). Articles highlight recent assignments: Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Kumtor Gold Mine; Sustainability Reporting for Lucara Diamond Corp.; Training Community Relations Officers from Mongolia, Turkey and Kyrgyzstan; and Gold Reserve's update about its ICSID Arbitration case.

Mehrdad Nazari, Prizma's Director, was among Top 1% Viewed LinkedIn Profiles in 2012. Interested in learning more about the Equator Principles (EPIII) and IFC Performance Standards? Click here for brochure on courses offered by Prizma.

Being Accused of Conflict of Interest not Fun

27_Kalia-Moldogazieva-taking-samples-at-the-Kumtor-Goldmine-Dr. Kalia Moldogazieva (right), the Director of “Tree of Life”, a Kyrgyz NGO, accused Prizma’s Mehrdad Nazari of “conflict of interest” in his work relating to Kumtor, a subsidiary of Centerra Gold. Are Dr. Moldogazieva’s concerns justified?

 

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Uptake of Independent Accountability Mechanisms at MFIs

Responding to stakeholder expectations, leading multilateral financial institutions have adopted Independent Accountability Mechanisms. They typically provide problem solving, compliance review and, in some instances, broader advisory services. Their case load and sectoral distribution varies considerably. Should IAMs be expanded to other bodies, like the Equator Banks?

 

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BHP MOZAL Smelter Back for OECD MNE Review

OECD Watch reports that UK National Contact Point for OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises re-initiated review of BHP Billiton's bypass case of its MOZAL smelter in Mozambique after IFC Compliance Advisor Ombudsman appears to have failed to facilitate a resolution of this case.  Read More