Telework: From Necessity to Competitive Advantage

When moving from London to Wausau and providing independent ESRM, ESG and ISDS advisor services on projects based in places like Burkina Faso, Ecuador or Venezuela, teleworking seemed like a necessity. Today, lower overhead costs and recent pandemics suggest that the tacit knowledge gained, the robust network of international experts developed, and proven ability to effectively lead and work remotely have become a competitive advantage. We stand ready to support you and your projects to become more bankable, credible and sustainable.

Growing Role of Social License in Investor-State Disputes

At a recent White & Case seminar during PDAC’s 2020 mining convention, I was invited to answer four questions about “Social License to Operate” in the context of due diligence and international arbitration. What did I miss?

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Rare Natural or Lab-grown Synthetic Diamonds?

As we ascend the iconic Diamond Head, the 300,000-year-old volcanic cone on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu, Don Proebstel and I continue discussing the sustainability nexus of innovation in the renewable energy sector and diamond mining. As we work our way to the top of the structures added in 1908 as part of the island’s coastal defense system, we come back to this question: What will be the sustainability drivers of a diamond’s journey from mine - or lab - to finger?

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UN SDGs: Blue-washing or Sustainability Drivers?

I am always inspired when attending IFC’s Sustainability Exchanges. At the 2018 IFC Sustainability Exchange: Building Resilience, Sparking Creativity, I found myself gravitating to a session on Operationalizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I was curious to learn if the SDGs were being viewed as a repackaging exercise, an engagement and co-branding opportunity, or as drivers to move the needle towards more sustainable investing and development.

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Origins of 1st GRI-certified Training in North America

Over a decade ago, I started leveraging my professional background as an environmental and social specialist at the European Bank (EBRD) and head of ESG/CSR Research at Fitch’s CoreRatings (divested to DNV and Innovest), to assist companies with their sustainability strategy and disclosure. I was fascinated how structured engagement created the space for sustainability-oriented performance improvement, and disciplined GRI-type reporting enabled more meaningful ESG research and benchmarking.

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Fun Memories from Botswana to Venezuela

Receiving reminders that I have been favoring LinkedIn updates at the cost of neglecting my Prizma blog, its time to (re)post some of the updates and catch up. Lets start with this 2017 review and move on from there.

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Lucara re-engages Prizma to assist with 2017 Sustainability Reporting

Lucara Diamond Corp. (Lucara), a member of the Lundin Group of Companies, recently engaged Prizma LLC (Prizma) to assist Lucara with its annual sustainability reporting for the 2017 period using the GRI Standards. Lucara is an established producer of large exceptional quality Type IIa diamonds from its 100% owned Karowe Mine in Botswana. (shortlink: https://wp.me/p27qSt-RV) Read More

How my GRI reporting journey started in Venezuela’s jungles a decade ago

As I was updating Prizma's sustainability reporting experience on CorporateRegister.com (now clocking 28 assignments), I was reminded of how it all started about a decade ago while working on an ESIA involving a large-scale mining project in the jungles of Venezuela. Read More

Lucara Diamond publishes 2016 Sustainability Report, adopts GRI Standards

Lucara is an established diamond producer with the Karowe Mine (Karowe) in Botswana as its principal asset. For the past five years, Prizma has been assisted Lucara Diamond Corp. (Lucara) with its annual sustainability reporting efforts. Here are selected highlights. Read More

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