Neil opened the discussion by remarking that the ESG discussion had transitioned to the forefront of focus across the industry. “ESG is nothing new,” said Grant about Barrick Gold, “it’s entrenched in our DNA. ESG should move from the margins to the forefront – and we believe that investors and stakeholders asking questions about sustainability is a good thing.”
Edward outlined how actors along the supply chain have been consulted as to what exactly the ESG agenda should be, according to the 51 principles of the Responsible Gold Mining Principles (RGMP). “Investors need to be able to ask the questions, and miners should be able to answer them,” agreed Neil.
Edward added that the idea of standards is certainly not new, but that the RGMP provide a strong framework: “It’s not easy, which is why three years have been provided – and it will be demanding.”
Watch the full webinar to find out more about how the larger institutional investors are using ratings information, the importance placed on community relationships, and how it is crucial to enable discussions, engagement and partnerships between stakeholders – and even between large and artisanal small-scale mines.
Sustainable Finance: Risks & Policy
Dr Paul Fisher (LBMA) and Terry Heymann (WGC) discuss the risks and opportunities sustainability presents to the financial sector, how regulators globally are responding to those risks, and how reducing our carbon footprint can benefit the mining and investment industries.
Global Initiative And Illicit Gold Markets
Alan Martin (LBMA Responsible Sourcing Manager) interviews Marcena Hunter (Senior Researcher, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime) – the lead author of a new report on Illicit gold markets in East and Southern Africa.
ASM - A Photographic Story
Alan Martin, Head of Responsible Sourcing at LBMA, and Australian documentary photographer, Hugh Brown, took an in-depth look at the world of artisanal small-scale mining (ASM), drawing from Hugh's powerful photographs on the ground.