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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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Who is Prizma and what do we do?

Having just returned from an interesting trip to Chile, it's time to launch Prizma's - now more mobile friendly - website. It highlights our core environmental, social and sustainability advisory services for projects typically involving financing from Development Financial Institutions, such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) or the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Equator Principles Banks and Private Equity Funds. -- Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Mf

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Private Equity Funds – MFI-like or MFI-lite?

Financial intermediaries, such as Private Equity Funds, have become some of the largest investment portfolio segments of multilateral financial institutions (MFIs), such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Are we watching a kissed frog turn into a prince - or is there a disconnect between expectation and reality? - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-KW

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Prizma Sponsoring IAIA15 Conference in Florence

As an environmental and sustainability practitioner involved in developments financed by multilateral financial institutions and Equator Banks (see examples below), I value the opportunity to network with and learn from my professional peers. Several of my team members and I are members of the International Association for Impact Assessment, the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment. Also, my former colleagues from the European Bank  will be collecting an IAIA award. So it seems only appropriate for Prizma to be sponsoring IAIA’s 35th Annual Conference themed Impact Assessment in the Digital Era. IAIA15 will be held from 20-23 April 2015 in Florence, Italy, and I look forward to seeing some of you at the event.  You can download the final conference program here.   -  Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Ka

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Oil, Gas and Mining Lead ICSID Arbitration Case Load

The World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) recently published its case load statistics. The oil, gas and mining sector registered the highest case load (26%), including one to which Prizma contributed, followed by electric power and other energy (14%). The geographical distribution of all ICSID cases places South America on the top spot (26% of cases), followed closely by Eastern Europe and Central Asia (25%).    Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-K3

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Conducting Cyanide-Wildlife Causation Study for Gold Mine

The Kumtor Gold Company in the Kyrgyz Republic, a subsidiary of Centerra Gold, recently re-engaged Prizma to continue a Cyanide Wildlife Causation Study in order to satisfy the requirements of the Cyanide Code.  Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-JN

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EBRD to receive IAIA’s 2015 Corporate Initiative Award

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) wins the IAIA 2015 Corporate Initiative Award for its work on the recently updated Environmental and Sustainability Policy which became effective in November 2014.  Congratulations to my former colleagues. - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-JC Read More

Prizma Celebrates 10 Years in Business

Mehrdad Nazari webTen years ago, Mehrdad Nazari, a former environmental and sustainability specialist at the European Bank, set up Prizma as a boutique ESIA and sustainability advisory practice. We provide environmental and social consulting services to developers and investors in order to make their projects more bankable, credible and sustainable. During Prizma's first decade, our journey has taken us from gold mining in Central Asia to wind farming in Central America. Our engagements have benefited junior mining companies to multilateral financial institutions. And our network spans the world. We invite you to download our newsletter: Prizma_10 Years in Business.  http://wp.me/p27qSt-HQ

Centerra Gold Extends US$150M Revolving Credit Facility With EBRD

Centerra Gold Inc. recently announced it has extended its existing US$150 million revolving credit facility with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) until February 17, 2016. Prizma has been assisting Centerra and its Kumtor operation with their corporate responsibility and sustainability reporting efforts and other activities. Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-HM Read More

MDBs adopting GRI Framework

Cover_GRI4As a former staff of the European Bank currently assisting the World Bank with a stakeholder panel review of its corporate responsibility review, I was impressed to see that many of the major multilateral development banks (MDBs) have adopted the sustainability reporting framework of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The World Bank was one of the first organizations to adopt the latest – fourth generation – guidelines (GRI G4) already last year, and still remains the only one to do so amongst its peers.

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