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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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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 in the jungles of Venezuela.  Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-RA 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

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

Contributing to Lundin Group’s Inaugural Sustainability Summit

Prizma’s Mehrdad Nazari was an invited contributor to the first Lundin Group Sustainability Summit. This event was organized and hosted by the Lundin Foundation in mid-September 2016 in Vancouver. Participating company members of the Lundin Group included Africa Oil, Lucara Diamond, Lundin Gold, Lundin Mining, Lundin Petroleum, Denison, and RamCoal.   http://wp.me/p27qSt-Qo Read More

Shape of GRI’s emerging Reporting Standards?

 

On June 28, 2016, I attended one of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)’s public consultation meetings held in North America. These meetings focused on the transitioning of the GRI-G4 Sustainability Reporting GUIDELINES to the GRI STANDARDS. Below my postcard from the GRI event in Chicago and some of my take-aways. Thank you to Edelman for hosting the event. Read More

Sustainability Reporting Workshop in Kenya

Prizma was recently engaged to facilitate a workshop on sustainability reporting for an independent oil exploration and development company with assets in the East African rift basin system. The tailored workshop was attended by champions representing a variety of disciplines, regions and stakeholders. It also provided an opportunity to take some time off and visit the Nairobi National Park and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which rears orphaned elephants and rhinos.

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