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April 2021

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Moderator: Ed O’Keefe, Synergy Global

Speakers:
Jennifer Rietbergen-McCracken, RMF
Benjamin Katz, OECD
Inês Schjølberg Marques, EITI
Juhani Grossmann, Basel Institute on Governance
Camille Maurs, ING Bank
Olle Ostensson, Independent expert

Context and focus:
Published in April 2021, the ESG Due Diligence and Transparency Report on Extractive Commodity Trading shows the results of a pilot study that assesses policies and practices among a sample of 25 companies that have significant activities in the trade of oil, gas, metals or minerals.

In this session RMF will briefly present the results and learnings of this report; to provide an initial sectorial baseline by highlighting gaps and good practices seen across the industry. The session will then be open for discussion, with a panel of speakers representing different stakeholder groups commenting on the progress and the challenges of implementation of ESG standards and norms for extractive commodity trading companies.


March 2021

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Moderator: Ambika Jindal, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NL)

Speakers:
May Hermanus, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
Emmanuel Peni, Project Sepik (PNG)
Helena Taliberti and Vagner Diniz, Instituto Camila e Luiz Taliberti (Brazil)
Peter Kindt, ING Bank (NL)
Hélène Piaget, Responsible Mining Foundation (CH)
Ambika Jindal, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NL)

Context:
This year’s World Water Day on 22nd March 2021 will focus on the theme ‘Valuing Water’. This focus extends beyond issues of pricing to include the environmental, social and cultural value people place on water. The mining sector has a key role to play in contributing to good global water management and supporting the objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by working collaboratively with stakeholders.

By integrating broad water risks into their business model and by pro-actively collaborating with local communities, companies can demonstrate to investors their management of water risks, build trust among all stakeholders, and show respect for other water users and the ecosystems in which they operate.


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We are pleased to announce Pierre De Pasquale, Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Responsible Mining Foundation, speaking at MINREX – Middle East Mining and Resources is a Virtual Expo and Summit taking place from 16 – 17 March 2021.



Session organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Mines, Minerals and PEOPLE.

Moderator: Patrick Earle, Executive Director, Diplomacy Training Program

Speakers:
Jennifer Rietbergen-McCracken, Senior Advisor, Responsible Mining Foundation
Deme Oram, Tribal Rights Activist
Prabindra Shakya, Founder/Chair, Community Empowerment and Social Justice Network (CEMSOJ)
Helena Talang, Associate National Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders (IPHRDs) Network
Fiona Cessford, Human Rights Activist


December 2020

Responsible Mining: How Effective Community Consent & Tailings Management Strategies can Reduce Risk

Moderator:
Andrew Howell, Emerging Markets Investors Alliance (USA)

Speakers:
Rene Aguilar Saez, Antofagasta (Chile)
Stewart Bailey, AngloGold Ashanti (South Africa)
Pierre De Pasquale, Responsible Mining Foundation (Switzerland)
Patrick O’Connell, AllianceBernstein (USA)


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Legitimidad social en la minería: desafíos en América Latina // Social legitimacy in the mining sector: challenges in Latin America

Moderator:
Ingrid Koch, Centro Vincular-PUCV (Chile)

Speakers:
Bo Krogvig, LKAB (Sweden)
Ellen Lenny-Pessagno, Albemarle (Chile)
Pierre De Pasquale, Responsible Mining Foundation (Switzerland)
Doug Aitken, SMI-ICE Chile (Chile)


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Responsible Extractives in the Pacific: realities and challenges

Session organised by the Responsible Mining Foundation

Moderator:
Valmaine Toki, University of Waikato (New Zealand)

Speakers:
Catherine Coumans, Mining Watch Canada (Canada)
Cressida Kuala, Porgera Red Wara (River) Women’s Association (Papua New Guina)
Val Madsen, St Barbara Ltd, (Australia)
Jonathan Mesulam, Alliance of Solwara Warriors (Papua New Guinea)
Gavin Mudd, RMIT University (Australia)
Tevita Naikasowalu, Commission of Ecological and Social Justice, (Fiji)
Pierre De Pasquale, Responsible Mining Foundation (Switzerland)
Emmanuel Peni, Project Sepik (Papua New Guinea)
Alanna Smith, Te Ipukarea Society (Cook Islands)




The seminar is organized as an accompanying event of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (COP-11, Geneva and online, 7-9 December 2020)

Session 3: Experiences, lessons learned and proposed actions for safe management of mine tailings from stakeholders and countries in and beyond the UNECE region
(Translation available in English and Russian)

Moderator:
Michael Struckl, UNECE

Speakers:
B. Otgonbayar, Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry of Mongolia
Diane Tang-Lee, ICMM
Guy Halpern, OECD
Pierre De Pasquale, Responsible Mining Foundation


November 2020

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Moderator:
Johannes van de Ven, Good Energies Foundation

Speakers:
Timer Manurung, Auriga (Indonesia)
John Howchin, Council on Ethics of the Swedish National Pension Funds (Sweden)
Mirna Cunningham, FILAC (Nicaragua)
Estelle Levin-Nally, Levin Sources (UK)
Carmen Hagenaars, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands)
Hélène de Villiers-Piaget, Responsible Mining Foundation (Switzerland)
John Mulligan, World Gold Council (UK)


October 2020

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“Leveraging Artisanal & Small-scale Mining (ASM) and Large-Scale Mining (LSM) to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals”

Organisers: RMF (Responsible Mining Foundation), CCSI (Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment), Pact, University of Delaware, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

Moderated by Antonio Pedro, UNECA (Director, Subregional Office, Central Africa)

Speakers:
Jorden de Haan, Programme Officer Artisanal Gold. Pact
James McQuilken, Programme Officer Mines to Markets, Pact
Kirsten Dales, Independent industrial ecologist
Jennifer Rietbergen-McCracken, Senior Advisor, Responsible Mining Foundation
Perrine Toledo, Head of Extractive Industries, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
Dr. Julie Klinger, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
Brian Chicksen, Adjunct Professor, University of Cape Town


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PROGRAMME
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Alexandre Fasel, Ambassador of Switzerland
Hanno Würzner, Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Moderator: Sir Richard Shirreff, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Strategia Worldwide

Keynote / Presentation of the RMI Report 2020
Hélène De Villiers-Piaget, CEO of the Responsible Mining Foundation

Panel Discussion followed by audience questions
Daniele La Porta, Senior Mining Specialist, The World Bank
Eric Rasmussen, Director, EBRD Natural Resources Team
Mirjam Staub-Bisang, CEO, BlackRock Switzerland


September 2020

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The general use of materials is already increasing at an alarming rate and this effect is enhanced by the transition to renewable energy sources.

Responsible Mining Session

Moderator: Charlotte Andersson, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences

Speakers:
Jennifer Rietbergen-McCracken, Responsible Mining Foundation
Anthony Hodge, Queen’s University in Kingston, University of Queensland
Maria Sunér Fleming, Swedish Mining Association


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Parte del programa del V Foro Regional de La Naciones Unidades (ONU) sobre las Empresas y Derechos Humanos para América Latina y El Caribe

Sesión organizada por el Centro Vincular – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) de Chile (http://www.vincular.cl/)

Moderación: Carolina Hoyl, Gerente Desarrollo, Centro Vincular-PUCV

Con:
Jvan Gaffuri, Director, ESG Benchmarking, S&P Global Switzerland SA
Ingrid Koch, Gerente Operaciones Centro Vincular-PUCV
Pierre de Pasquale, Responsible Mining Foundation, Suiza
Laura Espinach, Global Reporting Initiative


July 2020


PLENARY SESSION: ESG in European Mining – the world is watching

Moderator: Edward O’Keefe,Director, Synergy Global Consulting

Speakers:
Dr Bruno Oberle, Chair, Global Tailings Review
Hélène Piaget, CEO, Responsible Mining Foundation
Gavin Serkin, Managing Editor, New Markets Media & Intelligence
Aldo Pennini, Associate Director, Strategia Wordwide
Fiona Cessford, Corporate Consultant (ESG), SRK Consulting (UK)


June 2020

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Moderator:
Prof. Surya Deva, Associate Prof. at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong & Member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Speakers:
Lydia Nkopane, National Union of Mineworkers NUM (South Africa)
Prabindra Shakya, Indigenous Human Rights Defender – CEMSOJ (Nepal)
Vanessa Baudin, Development Gateway (Senegal)
Daria Goncharova, Polymetal (Russia)
Jennifer Rietbergen-McCracken, Responsible Mining Foundation (Switzerland)


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Moderador: Dante Pesce, Director Ejecutivo Centro Vincular-PUCV & Miembro del Grupo de Trabajo de la ONU sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos.

Keynote oradores:
Pierre De Pasquale, Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Responsible Mining Foundation (Suiza)
Ingrid Koch, Gerente de Operaciones, Centro Vincular-PUCV (Chile)

Representantes de distintas partes interesadas compartieron reflexiones sobre la realidad de la minería en la región:
Luis Felipe López-Calva, Director del PNUD para América Latina y el Caribe
Ana Maria Vidal Cobian, Past-Coordinadora del Grupo de Dialogo Minería y Desarrollo Sostenible (Perú)
Igor Díaz López, Presidente del Sindicato Nacional de trabajadores de la Industria del Carbón SINTRACARBÓN (Colombia)
Joaquín Villarino, Presidente Ejecutivo del Consejo Minero (Chile)


May 2020


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Speakers:
Christopher Reeves, Our current global shared experience of the pandemic has increased the focus on our natural capital.
Ludivine Wouters, Mapping the Mineral Resource System
Andy Churr , Sharing the benefits – Reducing Operating Risk and Closure Liabilities
Susan Joyce, From Managing Impacts to Respecting Rights: Changing the criteria for decisions
Pierre De Pasquale , Embedding ESG and the SDGs in corporate culture, not just in reporting
Hugo Brodie , London Metal Exchange responsible sourcing –
Andrew Thake , Mines and Money Spotlight


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