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Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:20:31 +0000Postcard from London: Meeting at EBRD, Harpenden or Joburg?
Being based in the UK has its upsides. It is not as cold as Wisconsin (-26 F yesterday) and you can easily visit Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge (stadium). Reconnecting with colleagues and friends can be more tricky. Luckily, we could arrange to meet in Joburg. Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Cv I value friends, colleagues and networking. So being in […]
Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:28:46 +0000Prizma: Successful 2013, Promising 2014
While the economic recovery continues to be uneven, Prizma’s focus on collaborative opportunities involving projects in emerging markets continues to prove a profitable growth strategy. Access Prizma's Winter 2013 Newsletter here. (Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-C9) As a team of internationally recognized senior practitioners, we continue to leverage our experience working in and with branded multilateral financial institutions, […]
Sun, 22 Dec 2013 00:05:58 +0000Providing EPIII and IFC PS Training to Nordic Institutions
On December 19, 2013, Prizma successfully delivered a 1-day course on the updated Equator Principles (EPIII) and IFC Performance Standards to about 40 representatives from DNB, Norway’s largest financial services group, and Export Credit Norway and GIEK, which are Norway’s export finance and guarantee agencies. - What are the challenges you face with the emergence […]
Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:10:41 +0000EP3 and IFC PS Course: the Good, Bad and Ugly
Returning from a course on the Equator Principles (EP III) and IFC Performance Standards (IFC PS) in London, it is time to reflect on feedback provided by participants, and plan next event at TD Bank in Toronto on 29 Oct 2013. Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Bl After developing and co-delivered over two dozen training courses focused on international […]
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:38:42 +0000Eco Oro – formerly Greystar – Angostura gold under IFC CAO Review
In April 2011, I posted a blog entitled IFC-owned Greystar/Angostura gold development in trouble and wondered if IFC’s Ombudsman/Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) office (or others) would be asked to review why and how IFC proceeded with a $12 million equity investment in this project, which became reincarnated as Eco Oro Minerals Corp (TSX: EOM). http://wp.me/p27qSt-B9 As […]
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