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Lundin Gold Publishes Inaugural 2015-2016 Sustainability Report

Congratulations to Lundin Gold, a pre-production gold mining company pursuing the high grade, underground Fruta del Norte (FDN) project in Ecuador, for publishing its first sustainability report: Building the Future through Responsible Mining, and three reasons I enjoyed contributing to it. Read More

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.   http://wp.me/p27qSt-Qo Read More

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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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.

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: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Pa Read More

Assisting Lucara Diamond with 2015 GRI reporting

Prizma has been re-engaged to assist Lucara Diamond Corp. (Lucara),  PDAC’s  2016 Environmental and Social Responsibility Award winner, with its GRI-G4 based sustainability reporting efforts for the 2015 reporting cycle.

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Completed Assurance Engagement for Lundin Mining

Prizma recently completed an independent third party assurance engagement for Lundin Mining, a mid-tier base metals producer with operating assets in Europe, USA and Chile, relating to the sustainability information in its 2014 sustainability report.  Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-LC

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Mining among Top 5 Sectors Publishing GRI Reports

Over 4,300 organizations have already published their sustainability reports covering the 2014 reporting period (and the count continues). The mining sector continues to be among the Top 5 sectors which disclose their sustainability performance using the GRI framework. Who are some of the key promoters and drivers? - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Kj

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Prizma to Support Lucara Diamond with G4 Sustainability Reporting

Prizma was re-engaged to assist Lucara Diamond Corp., a new diamond producer, with its sustainability reporting process. Lucara’s two key assets are the Karowe mine in Botswana and the Mothae project in Lesotho. Lucara is pursuing a transition of its reporting to GRI-G4, the Global Reporting Initiative’s latest sustainability reporting guidelines.

Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Hr

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How about Canadian Equator Banks and Transparency?

Having read Olaf Weber’s publication titled, “Equator Principles Reporting: Do Financial Institutions meet their Goals?” as well as Mehrdad’s review and comments on it (Equator Banks get poor Marks on Transparency and Disclosure ), I have been prompted to submit a few observations of my own based on a survey I carried out on Canadian EPFIs last year.

Blog by Bill Kennedy -  shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-He

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