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Moving beyond the CSR department: Integrating ESG into project valuations

Project valuations are used to determine the economic value of mining projects. They influence overall investment decisions about a given project and specific program priorities, such department budgets and activities. Project valuation practice has evolved over the years to reflect changing values, expectations, and technologies. However, it is unclear how the dramatic change in the extractive industry’s commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) elements is reflected in project valuation practice. By systematically integrating ESG factors into project valuations, we can ensure that programs to manage ESG factors are properly resourced and implemented, and that investment decisions are based on a rigorous understanding of how ESG factors can influence the project valuation. Without alignment between ESG management and valuation practice, the extractive industry and its investors will be unable to keep up with ESG challenges and to meet their commitments to responsible business practice.

This session will include a presentation and panel discussion. The presentation will explore the role that project valuations play in obtaining and maintaining a social license to operate with a specific focus on how and when ESG elements can be integrated. The presentation is based on collaborative research conducted by NetPositive with various ESG and valuations experts in the mining sector, including ESG personnel from companies, equity investors, project lenders, and the various organizations that support them like accounting firms and ratings agencies. The panel consists of representatives from similar groups and will explore the important impact that integrating ESG elements has for investors, lenders and company decision makers.
Chair: NetPositive
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Room 803

Moving beyond the CSR department: Integrating ESG into project valuations

Moderator: • Carolyn Burns, Director of Operations, NetPositive Panelists: • Jane Church, NetPositive, Toronto, Canada • Lawrence Devon Smith, LDSA, Toronto, Canada • Caroline Elie, Public Affairs at Export Development Canada, Ottawa, Canada • Delaney Greig, SHARE, Toronto, Canada
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