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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

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

Congrats to former EBRD colleagues bagging awards at IAIA17 conference in Montreal

I attended the annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) in Montreal to reconnect with my professional peers, learn from the many interesting presentations still "daring" to consider Climate Change impacts (despite of President Trump), and attend a masterclass on integrating Human Rights into impact assessment and E&S/IE/IMG Reviews. However, other important moments for me - an alum of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - included IAIA handing out awards to Dr. Bill Kennedy and Mark King, both my former EBRD colleagues. I learned a lot working with both of them as highlighted below. 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

Crusader Resources engages Prizma

Prizma, a niche environmental and social advisory practice, was engaged by Crusader Resources, a specialized minerals producer focused on bulk commodities and precious metals in Brazil. Prizma will be assisting Crusader to develop bankable environmental and social studies and plans aligned with the IFC Performance Standards.

 

Prizma engaged by Lundin Gold for Sustainability Reporting

Lundin Gold, a listed Canadian mining company, recently engaged Prizma, a niche environmental and social advisory practice, to provide sustainability reporting related advisory services. Lundin Gold is developing its Fruta del Norte gold project in southeastern Ecuador.