Introduction to ESG

13 modules


Course Length
3 hours

Edumine Courses

01 Sep 2022



This introductory course gives the learner a foundational understanding of Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) practices. The content includes a brief history of sustainability, the circular economy, the global factors driving demand as well as the risks and opportunities of ESG in the mining industry.

Learners explore ESG practices with a holistic approach to gain insight into the complex relationships that develop between these considerations and how they interact with environmental goals, social strategies and geopolitical relationships. Discover these considerations through an ethical standpoint as well as a business and financial perspective.

This course consists of 6 viewing sessions of 15 - 30 minutes each with supporting resources and knowledge checks. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 3 hours.

About the Audience

This course explores concepts that will be useful for those seeking an introductory understanding of ESG and is suitable for beginner to intermediate levels.

Examples of those who may be interested include: investors, geologists, chemists, engineers, government officials, regulators, data scientists, policy setters, non-governmental organizations, procurement specialists, academics, finance professionals, sustainability experts, lawyers, and administrative staff.

Recommended Background

While this is an introductory course, we recommend “What is Mining” to give learners a baseline understanding of the mining industry, terminology and the value chain.


Duration: 3 Hours

Access: 90 Days

Category: Mining, Environment

Level: Introduce

Publish Date: May 13 2022

Delivery Format: On-Demand

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Case studies, infographics and supplemental resources introduce learners to industry terminology, trends and key topics and provide a general overview without the need for a technical background.


Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:


  • Define and properly use key terms in the ESG realm.
  • Outline the history of sustainability and the rising importance of ESG
  • Explain why sustainability is important, the barriers to recycling, and why a sustainable future will still require mining.
  • Outline the relationship between the Green Transition and the Mining Industry
  • Describe how the increasing population impacts the need for sustainable mining.
  • Explain how by-product recovery is an example of an ESG opportunity
  • List some of the potential risks and negative implications of a weak ESG practice
  • Identify the proper stage of the mining value chain to consider ESG
  • Describe some of the key areas of consideration for each E,S&G in the mining industry
  • Outline some of the key factors that will lead to a successful “Mine of the Future”


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Edumine Certification

Learning Credits

What is ESG
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The Circular Economy
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Why we need mining
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Threats, Opportunities & Value of ESG
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ESG in Mining
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ESG in Action
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