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Seeing a reindeer in a bar makes you wonder…

 

Having recently returned from a workshop with Crusader Resources in balmy Belo Horizonte, Brazil, I decided to embrace the winter in Wisconsin, and celebrate 10 inches of fresh snow by taking my family skiing. - Consider my surprise when noticing a reindeer prancing through the bar while I was enjoying a drink at the chalet. 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

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

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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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.

5,500 visitors and 11,400 page views in 2015

At the end of the year, it is always fun to take a look at the performance statistics of my blog and LinkedIn profile. For those of you interested, let me share the results with you. Read More

Thankful for bounty of opportunities

As part of Prizma, a boutique environmental and social advisory practice, I have been fortunate to be able to contribute to some unique projects. These include the Laudato Si Wind development in Penonomé Panama, which was recently visited by former US President Bill Clinton, as well as Lucara Diamond, which recently recovered a 1,111 carat gem quality diamond in Bostwana. You can read more about these projects and Prizma's involvement below.   Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-NR

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GRI G4 Training and Baklava in Istanbul

Involved in sustainability reporting since 2008, it was time to practice what I preach: get GRI-G4 certified. So why did I go to Turkey…?  Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Nv

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Postcard from Atacama Chile

A sustainability reporting assurance engagement provided an opportunity to see the Atacama Desert and stop for a coffee at the beautiful Bahia Inglesia, one of the top 10 beaches in Chile. This trip also provided an opportunity to learn about the changing landscape of Indigenous Peoples in Chile, which seems to be shaping large scale developments ranging from renewables to extractives in the only Latin American OECD Member Country.   - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-LY 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