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Webinar: Why Independence Matters

PD Hours
Leading resource companies are committing to providing auditable, public information about their ESG performance through the conduct of externally verified due diligence and assurance reviews.  

About this event

In parallel,  there are a growing number of certification schemes, such as the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) framework recently adopted by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), the World Gold Council’s Conflict-free Gold Standard, the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, and the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA).  

While these schemes vary significantly in design, scope and governance, they all include a requirement for some form of independent assurance of management systems; and several schemes go further in requiring verification of on-the-ground ESG performance at individual assets.  

The first part of the webinar will provide a brief overview of these developments and explore  the implications at asset, company and industry levels. The second part will examine steps that industry and external parties need to take to ensure that purportedly ‘independent’ assessment review and certification processes have credibility.  

This includes ensuring the competence and independence of external reviewers, the need for transparency, and governance protocols for maintaining the currency and integrity of assessment and reporting frameworks.

The MCA has committed to having an TSM external assurance protocol ready for implementation in 2024. Suitably experienced AusIMM members are well placed to be TSM Verification Service Providers (VSPs), so the Webinar will provide a good opportunity for Institute members and other interested parties to be informed about key trends and issues in this important area.



Professor Deanna Kemp

Director - Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) in the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI)
University of QLD
Deanna has a background in business, development studies and social science, and has worked in mining for 20 years. She spent her first 10 years with BHP – in site-based roles and then in corporate headquarters. She then moved into the university sector, where she completed a PhD in mining-related social performance and joined CSRM as a senior researcher. In 2016 she was appointed as Director of CSRM, where she now leads a group of 25 researchers working in Australia and internationally. In 2020 she was member of the Global Tailings Review Expert Panel

Emeritus Professor David Brereton

Former Director of CSRM and former Deputy Director of SMI
David was appointed as inaugural Director of CSRM in 2002. In 2012 he moved into a Deputy Director role in the SMI, with responsibility for driving cross-disciplinary research initiatives to address the technical, environmental and social dimensions of mining and sustainability. He retired from the UQ in 2016 but remains active as a researcher and consultant. In 2020 he edited a compendium of research papers and commentaries to accompany the release of the Global Tailings Standard.

Date and Time

Thursday, 12 August 2021
11.00am – 12.00pm (UTC+10:00)


AusIMM Member $0.00
Non Member $30.00
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