Closer Look: ESG Week Company Case Studies

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Day four of on-line panel discussions hosted during "ESG Week: Challenges and Opportunities in the Mining Sector" with investors and key advisers as awareness and understanding of ESG risks in the minerals exploration and mining industry increases among the investment community. This panel discusses how companies are developing and implementing ESG policies into their business strategies, highlighting some of the successes and challenges they face, as well as how larger companies are integrating environmental, social and governance factors into their "new" corporate agendas.


Thomas Hoskyns, Mining Journal, Editor

Tom worked as an energy journalist for a decade before joining Mining Journal as editor in October 2019. In his previous role as managing editor at Interfax Energy, he led a team of journalists providing news and analysis of the global gas industry. Before that he worked as a reporter covering European energy markets. Journalism is not Tom's first career: he previously worked as a strategist for a media agency.


Tania Tchadaeva, Polymetal International, Director, Corporate Governance

Ms Tchedaeva joined Polymetal in 2011 as Company Secretary prior to its IPO on London Stock Exchange. Her expertise includes structuring, implementing and supervising the best corporate governance practices, including compliance with the UK Corporate Governance Code, Bribery Act, Listing Rules, etc. Ms Tchedaeva is a graduate of London Business School (MSc in Finance) and Moscow State Linguistic University (Diploma in Linguistics). She is a Fellow of ICSA: The Governance Institute.

Victor Drozdov, Polyus Gold, Head of Business Communications and Investor Relations

Victor Drozdov is head of business communications and investor relations at Polyus, the Moscow-headquartered mining firm that is also Russia's largest gold producer. Before joining Polyus in 2016, he worked in equity sales and sell-side equity research at VTB Capital, and later as part of Severstal’s investor relations team.

Mark Child, Condor Gold, Chairman & CEO

Mr. Child was commissioned as an officer in the 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles and served in the British Army for 4 years. He joined Condor’s Board in May 2006 and became CEO in July 2011. He acquired the concessions that comprise La India Project and has raised the finance and developed the Project into what it is today.

Mr Child has 20 years of equity capital markets experience, as an institutional stockbroker and in corporate finance/private equity, mainly in emerging markets. At board level Mr. Child has been an executive director of Hong Kong listed Regent Pacific Group, an emerging market fund manager and private equity group, which spun off Charlemagne Capital Limited. He has board level experience of AIM listed and private companies.