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Welcoming Peter Easton, Water Risk & Sustainability Advisor

Peter Easton LI imagePrizma’s collaborative network has been strengthened through Peter Easton, who brings 25 years of international water & environment expertise as both consultant and in operations. His background includes Water Resources Manager for Coca-Cola Europe, and Water & Environment Director at consultancy Zenith International.

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IFC Performance Standards and ESMS Training for InterEnergy Holdings

In early May 2015, Prizma had the opportunity to deliver a tailored 2-day training course to representatives from several of InterEnergy Holdings’ portfolio companies. These ranged from energy generation, transmission and distribution in the Dominican Republic, some of which were co-financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to InterEnergy’s Laudato Si wind park in Penonomé, Panama. The Laudato Si wind park is the largest wind development in Central America and was co-financed ($300 million) by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Prizma supported InterEnergy with environmental and social aspects of the Penonomé wind farm development. - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Lb Read More

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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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

Applying McKinsey Survey Results to Small Non-Profits?

A recent HBR article - Where Boards Fall Short - made me think about my board service experience with the Good News Project, a 501-c-3 nonprofit which provides opportunities for volunteer services and contributes to poverty alleviation in St. Lucia and other islands of the West Indies. What are the transferable lessons and actions? Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-IR 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

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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Sustainability Reporting Assurance Trends in USA

GRI Trends in External Assurance of Sustainability ReportsAs an ESIA and sustainability advisor who supports clients to become more bankable, credible and sustainable, I remain fascinated by the peculiarities of the assurance market in the US.

GRI’s recent publication, Trends in External Assurance of Sustainability Reports, highlights some of the unique elements of the US market. (http://wp.me/p27qSt-Fo)

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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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Engaged to Provide Assurance Services

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Prizma has been engaged by a mining company to undertake an independent assurance of its sustainability report. This work will be performed by Petrus Gildenhuys, a Lead Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner, and Mehrdad Nazari, a Sustainability Advisor and GRI expert, in accordance with assurance standard AA1000AS. Prizma is also assisting others, ranging from mining companies to the World Bank, with their sustainability reporting efforts. - http://wp.me/p27qSt-DD