IFC Performance Standards & Equator Principles

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Readiness Assessment & Assurance (AA1000)


Recent Blog Posts
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:53:52 +0000
Lucara Diamond Publishes 2013 Sustainability Report
Recently, Lucara Diamond Corp, a relatively new diamond producer, published its second sustainability report. It highlights the sustainability performance of Lucara’s flagship and producing operation, the Karowe Diamond Mine in Botswana. (Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Eq) The Karowe Diamond Mine was officially opened by the President of Botswana in August 2012. Karowe recovered 440,750 carats in 2013 and enjoys […]
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:56:01 +0000
Postcard from Burkina Faso by Bill Kennedy
In the early 1990s, on a trip to Moscow for the European Bank, I was given a personal tour of the Kremlin’s gold chamber where the most precious gold crowns, scepters and church utensils were manufactured for the Czar’s courts.   “Unbelievable” I exclaimed to my guide, “I had no idea you had created such treasures.” […]
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:07:34 +0000
Assisting InterEnergy with ESMS Development
Prizma was recently engaged by InterEnergy Holdings to support its development of a corporate-level Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) and align it with the IFC Performance Standards. Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-DV InterEnergy owns and operates power generation and distribution assets in Latin America and the Caribbean, and expects to make several investments throughout Latin America and […]
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:06:44 +0000
Supporting Large Wind Farm in Panama
Prizma has been engaged by Unión Eolica Panameña II (UEPII), a Special Purpose Company controlled by InterEnergy Holdings, to support a 215 MW wind project in Penonomé, Panama with a total projected investment of US$ 427 million.   Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-DN The project will feature 86 Goldwind G109 2.5 MW wind turbine generators with a hub height […]
Fri, 23 May 2014 03:32:14 +0000
Engaged to Provide Assurance Services
Prizma has been engaged by a mining company to undertake an independent assurance of its sustainability report. This work will be performed by Petrus Gildenhuys, a Lead Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner, and Mehrdad Nazari, a Sustainability Advisor and GRI expert, in accordance with assurance standard AA1000AS. Prizma is also assisting others, ranging from mining companies […]

Prizma makes projects and organizations more bankable, credible and sustainable.

Our clients benefit from our international experience providing the support needed to secure project finance and political risk insurance from Multilateral Financial Institutions (such as IFC, EBRD), Export Credit Agencies (such as Export Development Canada) and 'Equator Banks'.

We develop and trouble-shoot bankable environmental and social impact assessments in line with the IFC Performance Standards & Equator Principles (including SIA, CDP, RAP, PCDP, SEP, BDO, ESMP, ESAP) that meet the requirements of institutional investors (sustainable and wholesale finance) and facilitate M&A. We assist with corporate responsibility (CSR) & sustainability strategy development and produce sustainability reports using the GRI framework. We conduct assurance readiness assessments (gap analysis) and are licensed Assurance Providers (AA1000).

Selected references relating to ESIA/IFC Performance Standards and Sustainability Reporting are provied below. Please contact us for further information and client references or visit Mr. Mehrdad Nazari's LinkedIn profile here and browse through his 20+ endorsements. 

“I have worked with Mehrdad on a variety of issues including development of a biodiversity management strategy for Centerra Gold's Kumtor mining operation in Central Asia. He also completed an Independent Assessment of the operation covering transparency, water quality, biodiversity, glaciers, water consumption, geotechnical and mine closure issues. He was very professional in his approach, thorough, articulate and extremely well prepared, researched and connected. Overall, Mehrdad is a very impressive operator, a great asset to the company and I highly recommended him.Ben Ferris, Director, Environment, Kumtor Operating Compan, Centerra Gold Inc.

“Reporting on our corporate social responsibility is something we, as an organization, hadn't done in five years. [Mehrdad, Prizma's Director] helped guide us through the process and forced us to think about our processes and efforts differently. With his commitment and leadership we produced a report that was concise, honest, organized, and utilized GRI reporting standards. His knowledge of the CSR space overall was quite the asset in developing our report. I would definitely recommend Mehrdad for any CSR report, as his knowledge is vast and experiences varied.”  Steven Michalovich, Senior Communication Specialist at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

“I am extremely pleased having had Mehrdad [Prizma's Director] as our consultant and guide throughout the development phase of our world class mining project. Mehrdad played a key role in fine tuning Brisas’ environmental and social work towards meeting the Equator Principles which was effectively achieved. Our team loved working closely with Mehrdad and I would highly recommend him to any company interested in doing things right.” Arturo Rivero, President, Gold Reserve, Venezuela

“I had a chance to attend the Global Reporting Initiative training taught by Mehrdad. What a fantastic job! Mehrdad is a skilled and personable instructor who understands the ins and outs of CSR reporting. One of the strengths of the course was the focus on case studies followed by instructor’s commentary on best practices. I highly recommend Mehrdad as a well-regarded sustainability consultant and someone who is truly passionate about environmental and social performance of companies.” Dimitri Shanin, now Senior Manager, Corporate CSR & Sustainability at Raytheon, previoulsy Principal, Energy and Sustainability Programs at PPC

“I took Mehrdad's short course on the Equator Principles and International Finance standards for the resource sector in 2009. The course was well delivered, relevant and provided an excellent overview of the topic with case studies to encourage discussion amongst the course participants.”Jennifer Hooper, President - Sustainability, Vale