Underlying Risks and Rewards Associated with ESG Factors

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The third in a series of on-line panel discussions hosted during "ESG Week: Challenges and Opportunities in the Mining Sector" we hear from investors and key advisers how awareness and understanding of ESG risks in the minerals exploration and mining industry is increasing among the investment community. We discuss how the transition to more sustainable mining would not be possible without qualified and highly knowledgeable industry advisers and service providers.


Adrian Rimmer, London Stock Exchange Group, Senior Advisor, Green Finance

Adrian is currently leading a programme to scale-up sustainable finance and ESG disclosure across London Stock Exchange Group’s Capital Markets business, which to date has established a Green Economy classification across its markets; an ESG Disclosure benchmarking tool for companies; and the publication of a guide to green finance, in addition to supporting the launch of a new Sustainable Bond Market.

Adrian established ABN AMRO’s Environmental Markets business in 2006 and later supported renewable energy and clean-tech clients as a Director in RBS’ corporate finance team. As CEO of international certification body the Gold Standard, Adrian oversaw the development of result-based finance tools that have enabled hundreds of clean technology and sustainable land-use projects to attract millions of dollars in investment, including via his involvement in creating Fairtrade International’s Fairtrade Climate Standard.

Adrian is a Non-Executive Director of Evora, a leading sustainable real-estate advisor and software business.


Paul Gurney, BMO Capital Markets, Managing Director, Equity Sales Europe

Paul Gurney is a Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets in London, UK, leading BMO’s coverage of large institutional equity clients in Europe and Asia Pacific. Paul has 15 years of capital markets experience, researching companies, syndicating transactions, structuring deals, and providing value-added advice to institutional and corporate clients across multiple sectors.

Сhris Owen, Simmons & Simmons, Partner

Chris is a partner in the London Commercial Litigation team, specialising in competition litigation and mass tort claims.

His competition litigation practice involves both bringing and defending civil damages actions for clients across all of the firm’s sectors, with a particular focus on TMT and Financial Institution clients.

Chris’ mass tort practice focuses on defending clients against claims involving mass harm, typically for environmental pollution, breaches of health and safety or alleged violations of human rights. He advises on claims in the English Court and is also experienced working in collaboration with local counsel to defend proceedings abroad, particularly in Africa. Chris’ mass tort practice is focussed on clients in the energy, mining and TMT sectors.

Nabylah Abo Dehman, Principles for Responsible Investment, Manager, Social Issues

Nabylah joined the PRI in June 2017, where she has been focusing on social issues as part of the ESG team. At the PRI, Nabylah supports investors’ efforts to address social issues such as human rights, working conditions and responsible sourcing with companies in their portfolio both through collaborative engagements and publication of practical guidance. In recent engagements, Nabylah has been collaborating with investors on pushing the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles by mining and oil and gas companies and on responsible sourcing of cobalt by electronics and automotive companies.

Prior to joining to the PRI, Nabylah completed a PhD in Political Science at Sapienza University in Rome. She also holds an MA in International Affairs from LUISS Guido Carli University and a BA in International and Comparative Politics from the American University of Paris.

Jane Joughin, SRK Consulting, Corporate Consultant

Jane has 28 years' experience providing environmental, social and governance (ESG) consulting services to the mining industry.

Extensive experience undertaking permitting and auditing of mines, coupled with a thorough understanding of ESG concepts and standards, enables Jane to provide clients with pragmatic and forward-thinking ESG advisory services.

Jane has a high level of interest in legislation pertinent to ESG and mining, supporting achievement of compliance with legal obligations and assisting clients to maintain and gain social licence to operate.

Most of Jane’s experience has been gained in Africa, Europe and Central Asia. Her African experience extends to infrastructure projects, including dams and linear infrastructure. To date, she has worked on over 35 mine ESIAs and she has led or managed half of these ESIAs. She has also overseen audits of over 100 mines.

Jane is professionally registered environmental scientist with the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professionals and is a member of IAIA and an affiliate member of IEMA.