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.


Chair:

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.


Speakers:

Nigel Robinson, Central Asia Metals, CEO

Nigel is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and was formerly a Royal Naval Officer in the Fleet Air Arm. Upon leaving the Royal Navy, he qualified with KPMG where he stayed for a further three years before leaving to work in commerce. He worked for six years in management with British Airways before leaving in 2002. He joined CAML in 2007, became CFO of the Group in 2009 and has been instrumental in developing the business. In April 2018, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer.


Angelina Verba, Uralkali, CEO

Angelina Verba is Head of IR and Capital Markets at Uralkali, one of the world’s leading potash producers, headquartered in Berezniki, Perm Territory, Russia. Uralkali is responsible for over 17% of global output of potash, a fertilizer essential for plant growth thereby playing a crucial role in contributing to global food security and addressing rising global population amidst decreasing arable lands.

Angelina is responsible for relations with ratings agencies, bondholders and other stakeholders of the company, and manages Uralkali’s financial model. During her time at Uralkali, she has been involved in corporate M&A and transactional activities, including in the issuance of a USD 500 million Eurobond in 2019 and share buybacks in 2015-2016. She was also responsible for managing the automation of the process of preparing consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRS standards at the company. During her tenure, Uralkali has significantly increased its ESG disclosure practices and adopted an enhanced approach to sustainability.

Prior to joining Uralkali in 2014, Angelina headed the Financial Planning and Analysis at InTouch Insurance Group in Russia, having previously worked in audit at Deloitte and Touche.