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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.

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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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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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

Prizma Attending IFC’s Sustainability Exchange 2016

I am excited to be among the 200 global executives and practitioners from companies, NGOs, the public sector, international development agencies and academia who have been invited to attend IFC’s 10th annual flagship Sustainability Exchange 2016 event.

This invitation-only event, which will be hosted at the IFC from 25-26 May 2016 in Washington DC, is designed to generate frank dialogue on sharing value across business and society, and address sustainability challenges and opportunities faced by infrastructure and natural resource actors in emerging markets.

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Time running out to switch from GRI-G3 to GRI-G4

GRI's statics depicted below show a major shift from GRI-G3, the 3rd generation sustainability reporting guidelines, to G4, the latest guidelines which further emphasize reporting on what matters and where it matters.

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Prizma re-engaged by Lundin Mining for Assurance Services

Prizma LLC was recently re-engaged by Lundin Mining Corp. to provide independent third party assurance of certain key performance indicators contained in its sustainability reporting. This assurance engagement follows the AccountAbility’s AA1000 Assurance Standard. As part of this engagement, Prizma’s team had an opportunity to visit Lundin Mining’s Candelaria and Ojos del Salado operations, as well as the associated desalinization plant, and copper concentrate export port facility in Chile.  - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Nc Read More

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

Completed Assurance Engagement for Lundin Mining

Prizma recently completed an independent third party assurance engagement for Lundin Mining, a mid-tier base metals producer with operating assets in Europe, USA and Chile, relating to the sustainability information in its 2014 sustainability report.  Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-LC

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Private Equity Funds – MFI-like or MFI-lite?

Financial intermediaries, such as Private Equity Funds, have become some of the largest investment portfolio segments of multilateral financial institutions (MFIs), such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Are we watching a kissed frog turn into a prince - or is there a disconnect between expectation and reality? - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-KW

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