ESG and Mining - Live Course

3 modules


Course Length
6 hours

Edumine Courses

11 Aug 2021


Upcoming Sessions


This training course helps trainees understand what is meant by Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), also known as Sustainability, what it means for them, why it is important to mining and how they can manage it within their own organizations.

A vast array of ESG frameworks, principles, goals, standards, and metrics have been designed to support mining companies and their teams operate in a sustainable manner. This course will help trainees to understand which frameworks are relevant to their organization. It will also help trainees manage ESG within their own organizations, by using integrated risk management to include ESG into everyday decision making. Also covered will be how to monitor and disclose ESG effectively to stakeholders, and how to embrace the upside of ESG as a competitive differentiator.

Embracing ESG as part of a strategy is important because different stakeholders are aligning around ESG now, not only consumers but also investors and insurers. Rapidly changing expectations of your stakeholders means mining needs to prove it can operate responsibly by managing ESG. For example, the energy transition from non-renewables to renewables requires mining to be done in a responsible way. The downside consequences of ignoring ESG outweigh the upside of embracing it.

Up-to-date mining case studies will be used to explore currents trends within ESG and Mining. Practical tools and techniques will be applied to understand how we can learn lessons from case studies to improve the management of ESG and demonstrate this to stakeholders.

Dates:          9 & 10 November, 2021

Duration:     6 Hours: 2 sessions of 3 hours 

Time:           8:00 am - 11:00am  PST. Check the exact time and date in your city here.

Price:           $499 USD

See below for course policy


Learning Objectives

By the end of the course students will learn:

  • What is meant by ESG and how does it apply to them specifically;
  • Which ESG frameworks and principles have been established for responsible mining, and how this feeds into the circular economy;
  • How different stakeholders have differing ESG expectations, across the entire mining value chain;
  • How they manage ESG within mining in a practical way, integrating this into the core decision making of the organization using enterprise risk management;
  • How this approach improves governance regarding decision making and expectations placed on the board externally;
  • How to effectively demonstrate they are mining responsibly by aligning to standards / frameworks / principles;
  • What technologies can support ESG management and influence groups that can help e.g., the impact investing communities; and
  • Reporting and communicating on ESG – how to tell their story without “greenwashing”.



 Dr. Sarah Gordon

Having completed her PhD at Imperial College, Sarah went to work as a Geologist for Anglo American. She was lucky enough to live and work all over the world in a variety of functions from exploration through to sustainability, risk management and assurance. This grounding allowed her to explore different risk management techniques and uses, applying them to real situations.

Sarah co-founded Satarla in 2014. Now with 80 Associates based globally and offices in London, Sydney, Johannesburg, Santiago, and Toronto, Satarla provides risk management consultancy, training, and research to organizations from sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, charities, finance, together with petrochemicals, energy, oil & gas, and mining. Specializing in making risk management practical and accessible to all those that use it, Sarah most enjoys projects through which a company’s culture can be evolved to meet its values and purpose. In recent years, this has focused on integrated risk management with a focus on Environmental, Social and Governance risks.

Sarah is an honorary lecturer at Imperial College London and Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. Institute of Risk Management Accredited Trainer and course developer, Sarah is currently leading the team designing the new IRM Climate Change risk management training course. Voted as one of the top 10 most inspirational women in mining in 2016, she is also a trustee of Geology for Global Development and co-founder of Responsible Raw Materials. In 2020, Satarla were shortlisted for a CIR Magazine award for ESG Initiative of the Year, recognizing Satarla’s work on ESG to date, and are winners of the award for Specialist Risk Management Company of the Year.


Who Should Attend

Recommended attendees include mining company board members, c-suite executives, risk management professionals, sustainability, CSR and ESG professionals. All decision makers such as investors in mining and raw materials, customers of mining and raw materials, regulators of mining and raw materials and any other interested parties will also benefit from this course.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire short course and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.



Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter, fax or email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation.

A 10% administration fee will be levied for cancellations made 4 or more weeks prior to the first day of the course. Thereafter, the following cancellation refund schedule will apply.

  • Cancellation made more than 3 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 70% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made more than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 50% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: no reimbursement of registration fees.

Edumine reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organizations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed.


Course Outcomes

This course will teach attendees:
1. What ESG is,
2. Why ESG is important to Mining; and
3. How to manage ESG within their own company, by:

  • Using integrated risk management to ensure ESG is incorporated into everyday decisions.
  • Understanding how to monitor and report on ESG
  • Getting recognized for the upside in ESG rather than just managing the threats posed by it.

Course Schedule

Satarla is the world leading risk management consultancy firm for ESG and mining. They are working on ESG and mining projects with the European Parliament, British Parliament, the major mining investment companies, and bridging the gap between academia and industry on raw materials and the circular economy. As this space is evolving at such a fast pace the course outline below will be revised before the course is delivered to include contemporary ESG and mining content and case studies from across the world. Our training methodology is a proven fun and interactive approach and have generated excellent student feedback ratings in previous courses we have delivered to EduMine.

- Introductions
- What is ESG?

  • Explore the history: 1987 Brundtland “Our Common Future” paper (World Commission) defined Sustainable Development
  • Look at the evolution: the term ESG has evolved from CSR, Sustainability etc.
  • Defining E – S – G.
  • Standards and technical terms explained (e.g., circular economy)

- Why is ESG important to the mining sector?

  • Considering the full mining life cycle
  • Changing governance codes and reporting requirements
  • Evaluating the perspective of all stakeholders- investors, regulators, communities, customers, supply chain, insurance etc.
  • Considering the impact on Social License to Operate (including ASM and LSM issues)

- How do we manage ESG within Mining?

  • Consider all roles and responsibilities
  • Integration into the core decision making of the organization:

        ▪ Integrated enterprise risk management.
        ▪ Appropriately sized reporting and management of risk

  • Consider threats and opportunities
  • Governance roles and responsibilities (e.g., decision making, and expectations placed on the Board)
  • External reporting (effective demonstration of being responsible mining company):

        ▪ Changing standards/ frameworks/ principles
        ▪ Increased focus on impact and action orientated disclosure
        ▪ Who are our stakeholders? (i.e., investors, communities, governments, regulators, other,       NGOs etc.)
        ▪ Telling your story

  • Overview of Industry players and influencers e.g., technology, impact investing funds)

- Summary and wrap up.

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