Operationalising ESG

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Course Length
20 hours

Edumine Courses

16 May 2024


Upcoming Sessions


Course overview

Learn about Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles, standards, analytical methods including ESG risk assessment, workforce skill requirements and management applicable at minerals projects and operations.

You also get access to a three month All-Access Subscription to Edumine enabling you to learn from the 110+ on-demand courses offered on a variety of topics. 

Duration Delivery Start Date  PD Hours Language
20 Hours / 5 weeks 100% online 05 August 2024 Up to 20 English

Designed for leaders in operational, project development and studies roles, this course examines ESG-related matters through critical thinking and reference to real experience.

Wide-ranging in scope, the course equips participants with an understanding of existing and emerging ESG performance expectations in minerals exploration, development, operating and closure contexts. Over four weeks, the content examines, critiques and debates ESG from a systems and operational perspective, with an emphasis on proper analysis, good management and demonstrable performance.

Learn how to:

  • Address ESG performance expectations in mine operations and project development
  • Filter the many competing ESG expectations and identify ESG priorities in specific context
  • Identify and gauge by reference to cost and value ESG-related risks (opportunities and threats)
  • Manage operations and projects to meet stakeholder expectations, ESG risk exposures, ESG-related assurance and performance reporting requirements.

In modern mining, to be successful leaders professionals in technical and managerial roles need a good understanding of, and accountability for, good environmental and social outcomes consistent with the expectations of host communities, regulators, investors and employees. This course provides a comprehensive grounding in environmental and social matters relevant to the minerals industry and the governance requirements necessary to ensure their consistent good management.  

For operations professionals with no previous exposure to ESG, the course provides a powerful introduction; for those with some ESG exposure, it provides an expanded grounding, a compelling synthesis and a timely update. Professionals with scientific and engineering backgrounds are ideally placed to analyse and manage business issues and risk – this course is designed to extend that expertise to the management of ESG matters.

Course structure

The five-week course is a collaborative, hands-on learning experience, taking learners approximately 20 hours to complete. Please note the live sessions are not mandatory, the virtual classrooms will be recorded and available on the same day for participants who are unable to attend the live event.

Course content includes:

  • Live virtual classroom sessions (with replay available)
  • Additional resources and readings (case studies, videos, articles)
  • Selective examples of tools used
  • Interactive learning activities and discussion
  • Learning activities and short quizzes

Note: This course will be delivered by AusIMM through a partnership with Edumine.

Course Sessions

07-Aug-24 6.30pm
14-Aug-24 6.30pm
28-Aug-24 6.30pm

Note: All times are in Pacific Time.

Who should attend?

Leaders in operational roles, such as

  • Operations General Managers
  • Mining Managers
  • Plant Managers
  • Project Directors
  • Study Managers
  • Project Managers

Course facilitators

All programs have been developed in consultation with leading organisations in the mining industry, subject matter experts and community leaders to ensure you gain the latest knowledge and develop relevant skills to accelerate your career.


Bruce Harvey


Geologist, Social Performance Professional


Graham Jeffress


Principal Consultant / Manager – Corporate, CSA Global


Narelle Wolfe


Head of Sustainability & ESG, AusIMM



Learning objectives

  • Describe how historical ideas about sustainability has evolved into the societal, regulatory, corporate and financial sector expectations called ESG that exist today and continue to evolve.
  • Explain how the minerals sector can contribute to sustainability by converting in-situ mineral endowment into enduring social and human value without detriment to the world’s total stock of environmental capital.
  • Explain a risk-and materiality-based approach to ESG analysis that focuses attention and action on the most material ESG-related issues in an operating asset context.
  • Design and manage operational activities that address material ESG-related risks and add value to a range of stakeholders.
  • Discuss mine planning with positive post-closure environmental and social legacies in mind.
  • Identify various global ESG-related principles, standards, indices and certification schemes that are most relevant to resource sector operations and what they variously aim to do.
  • Explain the importance of assurance in achieving ESG performance improvement and social acceptance of the minerals sector.
  • Describe why and how operating assets need to contribute verifiable data into the compilation of mining company Sustainability Reports.


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