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Recent Blog Posts
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:07:30 +0000
Equator Principles (EPIII) Implementation Note
Shortly after Mizuho Bank took over as the first Asian chair of the Equator Principles Association, the EP Association published the Equator Principles Implementation Note. It provides a valuable reference for Equator Banks and practitioners, such ESIA consultants, Independent Engineers, expert witnesses in international arbitration, and assurance providers. It also highlights the new complexities of […]
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:57:17 +0000
Equator Banks get poor Marks on Transparency and Disclosure
As a practitioner involved in bankable ESIAs, and supporting developers and financial advisors/institutions for projects ranging from wind farms to mining, I follow the developments around the IFC Performance Standards and the Equator Principles closely. This is why Olaf Weber’s publication “Equator Principles Reporting: Do Financial Institutions meet their Goals?” caught my eye. -- Link: […]
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:49:10 +0000
Sustainability Reporting Assurance Trends in USA
As an ESIA and sustainability advisor who supports clients to become more bankable, credible and sustainable, I remain fascinated by the peculiarities of the assurance market in the US. GRI’s recent publication, Trends in External Assurance of Sustainability Reports, highlights some of the unique elements of the US market. (http://wp.me/p27qSt-Fo) GRI notes that more than […]
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:03:37 +0000
Welcoming Petrus Gildenhuys
Petrus Gildenhuys, formerly with ERM and PwC, has joined Prizma's networked and outcome oriented consulting practice as a Senior Sustainability Reporting and Assurance Advisor. Petrus has already been contributing to several of Prizma's recent projects. These include an independent assurance engagement for a GRI-G4 sustainability reporter in the mining sector, and assisting the World Bank with […]
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:30:57 +0000
Postcard from Portugal
Recently, I had a chance to join my colleague Petrus Gildenhuys as part of an AA1000 assurance assignment and visit Portugal. It was a beautiful drive to site: the undulating landscape was interrupted by idyllic villages, and we lost count of the number of storks we noticed along the way. The World Cup was dominating […]

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