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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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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.

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

Assisting Lucara Diamond with 2015 GRI reporting

Prizma has been re-engaged to assist Lucara Diamond Corp. (Lucara),  PDAC’s  2016 Environmental and Social Responsibility Award winner, with its GRI-G4 based sustainability reporting efforts for the 2015 reporting cycle.

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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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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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Wind farms and Completos in Chile

Chile is really growing on me. Three trips over the past three months have allowed me to visit different parts of Chile, experience an inviting culture, see diverse projects ranging from copper mining to renewables, and food I have not had before: including the humble Completo. -- Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Nj Read More

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

Who is Prizma and what do we do?

Having just returned from an interesting trip to Chile, it's time to launch Prizma's - now more mobile friendly - website. It highlights our core environmental, social and sustainability advisory services for projects typically involving financing from Development Financial Institutions, such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) or the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Equator Principles Banks and Private Equity Funds. -- Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Mf

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