Sustainability Reporting using GRI - A Boot Camp for Mining Companies (Dakar, Senegal)

  • Dates:
    Jan 29, 2010
  • Event Type:
    Course

Organized By

Prizma Solutions

Contact Information

Mehrdad Nazari
Senior ESIA and CSR Advisor
mehrdad@prizmasolutions.com
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Sustainability Reporting using GRI: A Boot Camp

The prevalence of sustainability reporting is growing and has converged around the Global Reporting Initiative
(GRI), the world’s most widely used framework. In 2008, Prizma developed the first GRI-certified training initiative
in North America. After successfully delivering ten GRI certified  2-day training courses across Canada and the USA , Prizma’s experienced GRI trainer launched a more intensive and applied 1-day ‘boot camp’ targeted at first-time reporters. After this course, participants will know:

  • Genesis, drivers and context of sustainability reporting
  • GRI’s Third Generation (G3) reporting framework
  • Boundary setting & Materiality Tests
  • Performance Indicators & leveraging existing data & systems
  • Application Level declaration, Third Party/GRI Check
  • Stakeholder panels, assurance process and credibility
  • New: GRI’s Mining & Metals Sector Supplement (Draft Final)

Course Faculty


Mehrdad Nazari, MBA, MSc
Senior ESIA & CSR Advisor,
Prizma LLC

Mehrdad has 18 years of international experience in environmental and social risk assessments and auditing, application of CSR principles, and
advising extractive project developers and financial institutions. Mehrdad was previously Principal Environmental Specialist at the European Bank (EBRD), focused on an extractive portfolio exceeding $2 billion; CSR Research Director at Core-Ratings (now Innovest, DNV), advising asset  managers; and Project Manager with Dames & Moore (now URS), an engineering firm. Mehrdad studied in Germany, USA and the UK.
He is a certified ISO 14,001 Lead Auditor and an experienced and GRI-approved sustainability reporting trainer. Mehrdad supports his clients by
trouble shooting ESIAs, particularly social components, to ensure bankability and eliminate delays. Recent projects include Gold Reserve Inc’s Brisas Project (Venezuela), Hunter Dickenson/ Continental Minerals’ Xietongmen Project (China), and Dundee Precious Metals’ Deno Gold (Armenia). He also assists and coaches first-time sustainability reporters.

Dr. Don Proebstel, former VP, Environment & Sustainability, Gold Reserve, Inc. Don’s career spans over 20 years covering conservation
biology research, environmental consulting, scientific advisor to NGOs and academia. Don spearheaded the ESIA and biodiversity
offset strategy of Gold Reserve’s Brisas Project in Venezuela, containing over 10.4 million ounces of gold and 1.3 billion pounds of copper. Don
was previously a Senior Environmental and Biodiversity Advisor with AATA Intern’l and the Director of the World Salmonid Research Institute.

Dr. William Kennedy, Advisor to the MCC, Adjunct Professor, Concordia University. Bill's career spans over 30 years. He is an ESIA Advisor to the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), carrying out environmental due diligence in Morocco, Nicaragua, Mali, Burkina Faso and Moldova. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), which was created in the
context of NAFTA, and Head of the Environmental Policy and Strategy Unit of the European Bank (EBRD), which is the largest single investors in Eastern Europe the CIS.

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Sustainability Reporting using GRI: A Boot Camp

The prevalence of sustainability reporting is growing and has converged around the Global Reporting Initiative
(GRI), the world’s most widely used framework. In 2008, Prizma developed the first GRI-certified training initiative
in North America. After successfully delivering ten GRI certified  2-day training courses across Canada and the USA , Prizma’s experienced GRI trainer launched a more intensive and applied 1-day ‘boot camp’ targeted at first-time reporters. After this course, participants will know:

  • Genesis, drivers and context of sustainability reporting
  • GRI’s Third Generation (G3) reporting framework
  • Boundary setting & Materiality Tests
  • Performance Indicators & leveraging existing data & systems
  • Application Level declaration, Third Party/GRI Check
  • Stakeholder panels, assurance process and credibility
  • New: GRI’s Mining & Metals Sector Supplement (Draft Final)

Course Faculty


Mehrdad Nazari, MBA, MSc
Senior ESIA & CSR Advisor,
Prizma LLC

Mehrdad has 18 years of international experience in environmental and social risk assessments and auditing, application of CSR principles, and
advising extractive project developers and financial institutions. Mehrdad was previously Principal Environmental Specialist at the European Bank (EBRD), focused on an extractive portfolio exceeding $2 billion; CSR Research Director at Core-Ratings (now Innovest, DNV), advising asset  managers; and Project Manager with Dames & Moore (now URS), an engineering firm. Mehrdad studied in Germany, USA and the UK.
He is a certified ISO 14,001 Lead Auditor and an experienced and GRI-approved sustainability reporting trainer. Mehrdad supports his clients by
trouble shooting ESIAs, particularly social components, to ensure bankability and eliminate delays. Recent projects include Gold Reserve Inc’s Brisas Project (Venezuela), Hunter Dickenson/ Continental Minerals’ Xietongmen Project (China), and Dundee Precious Metals’ Deno Gold (Armenia). He also assists and coaches first-time sustainability reporters.

Dr. Don Proebstel, former VP, Environment & Sustainability, Gold Reserve, Inc. Don’s career spans over 20 years covering conservation
biology research, environmental consulting, scientific advisor to NGOs and academia. Don spearheaded the ESIA and biodiversity
offset strategy of Gold Reserve’s Brisas Project in Venezuela, containing over 10.4 million ounces of gold and 1.3 billion pounds of copper. Don
was previously a Senior Environmental and Biodiversity Advisor with AATA Intern’l and the Director of the World Salmonid Research Institute.

Dr. William Kennedy, Advisor to the MCC, Adjunct Professor, Concordia University. Bill's career spans over 30 years. He is an ESIA Advisor to the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), carrying out environmental due diligence in Morocco, Nicaragua, Mali, Burkina Faso and Moldova. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), which was created in the
context of NAFTA, and Head of the Environmental Policy and Strategy Unit of the European Bank (EBRD), which is the largest single investors in Eastern Europe the CIS.