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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.

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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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

Attending IFC Sustainability Exchange 2017 in Cartagena

After attending IFC’s flagship annual Sustainability Exchange in 2016 , I was pleased to be invited once more to attend the upcoming IFC 2017 Sustainability Exchange which – for the first time – will not be held in IFC’s HQ in Washington DC. It will be interesting to see how this format change may engage a new set of stakeholders, create new angles and insights, and further leverage knowledge sharing. Read More

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

Prizma re-engaged to assist Lucara Diamond with Sustainability Reporting

Lucara Diamond Corp. (Lucara), a member of the Lundin Group of Companies, recently engaged Prizma LLC, an independent sustainability advisory practice and member of the GRI Gold Community, to assist Lucara with its annual sustainability reporting effort. 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.

Prizma re-engaged by InterEnergy for E&S due diligence review

Prizma was recently re-engaged by InterEnergy Holdings, a regional power company, to conduct an environmental and social due diligence review for two small wind developments in Chile. This review will address also the relevant requirements of the IFC Performance Standards, and the World Bank Group's environmental, health and safety guidelines for wind power generation.    - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Pi

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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