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ESG & Social Responsibility

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Professional Certificate

ESG & Social Responsibility

Course commences 14 October 2024

PD Hours
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Environment, social and governance (ESG) performance in the resources sector

Through this online ESG course, gain a comprehensive understanding of global ESG standards and their real world application in the mining sector.

Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type Next Intake PD Hours Language
40 hours 
8 weeks
100% online
14 October
Up to 40

Course overview

Learn how to minimise ESG-related harm and maximise value to resource enterprises, affected stakeholders and broader society by enrolling in an ESG Course.

Examine environment, social and governance performance and social responsibility (ESG/SR) through critical thinking and authentic resource sector experience.

Our ESG courses online examine environment, social, and governance performance and social responsibility (ESG/SR) through critical thinking and authentic resource sector experience, particularly emphasising the nuances of ESG in mining. Prominence will be given to evaluating ESG/SR risk, threats, and opportunities, and to developing workplace responses, execution, assurance, and performance reporting, with a special focus on ESG in the mining industry.

The course and case studies will be global in scope and are designed to equip course participants with an understanding of existing and emerging ESG/SR societal and lender expectations in resource sector exploration, development, operating, and closure contexts. Participants will gain enough knowledge and skills to know how to apply ESG/SR requirements in their own workplace, ensuring they are well-prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of ESG in mining.

By completing our ESG courses, participants will not only learn the theoretical underpinnings of ESG/SR but also gain practical insights into its application within the mining sector. Our ESG courses online offer flexible, accessible learning options for professionals aiming to improve their ESG performance and make a positive impact in the mining industry and beyond.

Course pricing

Save $876 on the ESG and Social Responsibility Professional Certificate AND gain an AusIMM Associate membership with the enrolment bundle.

A discount of 10% is available for groups of 3 or more participants from the same organisation who enrol for the same course intake in a single booking. This discount will be automatically applied at checkout.
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Who should attend?

This online course has been specifically developed for:

Asset-level front-line leaders across all mining functions
Gain insights into ESG in the mining industry; understand compliance, reporting requirements, and impacts on day-to-day operations. This is a primary focus area.

Consultants across all disciplines
Learn about ESG compliance and reporting requirements for clients. Emphasis is placed on ensuring approved ESG methodologies are applied.

Corporate and investment-related professionals in the resources sector  
Enhance your skills in ESG analysis, performance, and assurance review. This ESG online course provides convenient access to ESG content as it specifically relates to mining.

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Learning objectives

  • Dive into the fascinating history of sustainable development and its transformation into today's dynamic ESG/SR expectations focusing on the mining industry.
  • Learn how to bridge the ESG expectations and the vital Environment and Social Performance requirements that drive resource sector enterprises towards a sustainable future
  • Master the art of referencing and applying global ESG-related Principles, Standards, Goals and Guidelines within the context of resource sector enterprises, highlighting the importance of ESG in mining.
  • Explore real world examples of enterprise ESG governance control systems and procedures.
  • Become skilled in defining and actively participating in ESG-related risk assessments, materiality evaluations and gap analyses.
  • Develop the acumen to contribute to ESG-related strategy and action planning, especially at the asset level.
  • Understand the role of ethics in decision making and the existence of moral dilemmas and how to navigate them with integrity, a core part of this ESG online course.
  • Appreciate the importance of transparent ESG monitoring and reporting.

Course structure

The eight-week course consists of six modules over six weeks, focusing on ESG in mining, with a final two weeks to complete all course components. Each module consists of:

  • Live interactive virtual classrooms.
  • Interactive learning activities and group discussions, particularly relevant to ESG in the mining industry.
  • Multiple choice questions to reinforce learning of ESG concepts.
  • Additional readings and case studies on ESG in mining.

There will be two assessments to complete as part of the ESG course. Access to the assessments will be available at the end of week 1 allowing participants to work progressively on the questions as they delve into ESG in the mining industry. The first assessment will be due for submission at the end of week 6; and the second assessment will be due for submission at the end of the course (end of week 8). 

Live sessions are recorded and available within 24 hours for participants who are unable to attend, ensuring accessibility for all enrolled in the ESG online course.

Module 1

ESG, Social Responsibility and Society

Virtual classroom
Wednesday 16 October
11.30am-1.30pm AEDT

Module 2

ESG and Social Responsibility Analysis Methods 1

Virtual classroom
Wednesday 23 October
11.30am-1.30pm AEDT

Module 3

ESG and Social Responsibility Analysis Methods 2

Virtual classroom
Wednesday 30 October
11.30am-1.30pm AEDT

Module 4

Operationalising ESG and Social Responsibility

Virtual classroom
Wednesday 6 November
11.30am-1.30pm AEDT

Module 5

ESG Global Principles, Standards, Measurement, Assurance and Reporting

Virtual classroom
Wednesday 13 November
11.30am-1.30pm AEDT

Module 6

A Deeper Look at some ESG and Social Responsibility Themes

Virtual classroom
Wednesday 20 November
11.30am-1.30pm AEDT

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Professional Certificate in ESG and Social Responsibility

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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
Bruce has 45 years of worldwide field experience in the resources sector, first as an exploration geologist and for the past 25 years as a Social Performance professional. He was Global Practice Leader Social Performance at a major resources company for eight years.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland and until recently was a Guest Lecturer at the University of Otago (NZ) MBA School delivering a course called ‘Leading Sustainable Enterprises’.

A member of the AusIMM Social and Environment Committee, he facilitated the development the Institute’s Social Responsibility Framework and the Environment and Social Performance competency development tool.

Narelle Wolfe

Head of Professional Standards, Sustainability and ESG, AusIMM
Narelle is a long-term advocate for the importance of Professional Standards, ESG and D&I in enhancing value for the mining sector for almost 30 years. She has worked across various commodities and jurisdictions within AngloGold, Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Xstrata Coal, Rio Tinto, Arrow Energy, MMG Limited and St Barbara Ltd. Since 2023, she has been the Head of Professional Standards, Sustainability and ESG at AusIMM.

Narelle has developed and driven strategies, systems and processes that assess, lift and monitor internal and external performance for organisations. She is passionate about empowering teams by providing structure and building the capability of practitioners and organisations.

Janina Gawler

Director, RST Solutions for Community Engagement
Janina Gawler is an applied social scientist and consultant specialising in the design and delivery of resilient, sustainable and trusted partnerships between communities and developers. She has over thirty years senior executive experience working with corporations and governments on sustainability and social performance. During her fifteen-year career with Rio Tinto she was Vice President for Communities and Social Performance and global practice leader establishing Rio Tinto’s social performance standard and related audit program.

Building effective partnerships with communities has been her career focus. Her work has included development of resettlement programs for emerging economies in Africa. She has negotiated land access with Indigenous people across Australia and developed strategies for engagement with First Nations and Indigenous people in Canada and USA, respecting and recognising Indigenous rights and working with mining companies to ensure continuing social licence to operate. A former CEO of the Australian National Training Authority. Janina was also Mayor and Councillor of the City of Echuca.

Alan Irving

Principal Environmental Consultant, Alan Irving and Associates
Alan Irving (FAusIMM CP(Env) has had a long career in the mining industry since starting out as a forester working in mine rehabilitation. He has worked on-site in coal operations (Queensland and Indonesia) and copper/gold operations (Western Australia and Indonesia). He later specialised in environmental impact assessment and feasibility studies and is now an independent environmental consultant. He has worked on projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Mozambique, Mongolia, UAE, New Caledonia and Australia.

Dr Geraldine McGuire

Managing Director, Sustainable Solutions Global
Dr Geraldine McGuire has worked on transformative projects throughout Australia, Asia and the Pacific developing solutions which balance economic, environmental, and social aspects to achieve enduring outcomes. With over 30 years of experience in the mining industry, Geraldine is competent in managing complex project closure, repurposing and approvals processes, leading impact assessments and undertaking stakeholder engagement, community development, environmental management, auditing, gender analysis and workshop facilitation involving large teams of industry professionals, government representatives, community residents and Indigenous peoples. Geraldine is committed to the empowerment of Indigenous groups and poverty alleviation in rural communities through effective development and sound environmental management. She believes in capacity building of minority groups through transparent, humane and gender balanced practices.

Geoff Deans

Director, Modifying Factors
Geoff has two decades of hands-on experience, having lived and operated within complex environments to spearhead the assessment, exploration, development, operations and execution of greenfield mining developments, brownfield expansions and large-scale linear infrastructure projects. As an expert in multi-factor risk, he holds a proven record of mitigating project uncertainties and enhancing total project outcomes.

Previously serving as Project Director for the Carrapateena Block Cave Expansion and Growth, as well as holding the role of Principal Advisor for Land Access and the inaugural Group Manager Social Performance at a prominent global minerals corporation, Geoff embarked on his entrepreneurial journey by founding Modifying Factors in 2023. His career is marked by a meticulous approach to evaluating and mitigating the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of modifying factors on projects and their stakeholders.

Geoff is a member of the AusIMM, actively contributing to the field by developing and delivering content for the AusIMM ESG and Social Responsibility Professional Certificate program, as well as the Operationalising ESG course within the Mine Operations course series.

Course content has been guided by the AusIMM ESG and
Social & Environment Committees, with special thanks to:

Mark Noppe

Director of WH Bryan Mining Geology Research Centre
Mark is a geoscientist with over 30 years’ mining industry experience in exploration, mining geology, practical geostatistical applications, resource estimation and reporting, mine reconciliation, feasibility studies, technical audits and due diligence. Mark has worked in South Africa, Western Australia and Queensland as a geologist and consultant and provides advice, training and mentoring in all aspects of orebody knowledge. His technical experience covers a wide range of projects, geological and mining settings, and commodities, including bauxite, diamonds, coal, copper, cobalt, iron ore & magnetite, lead-zinc, sulphide and laterite nickel, niobium, potash, phosphate, PGE and gold projects in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mali, Tanzania, UK, Indonesia, China, Canada, Chile, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and the Russian Far East.

I found this course extremely valuable to my career development. The content is high quality with plenty of references and resources to deepen our knowledge. I enjoyed the case studies which illustrated the type of issues that can be encountered in the resource sector. Overall, it helped me to better understand and address ESG-related issues in my role.

Participant of August 2021 intake

Frequently asked questions

The course will be run entirely online via a cloud-based platform which can be accessed via computer, tablet or phone. Participants will simply need to have a working Internet connection and a computer, tablet or phone with sound to access the course. They will not be required to download any software and will not require any hardware like a webcam or microphone.

The entire course will run over eight weeks (six modules over six weeks plus another two weeks to finish all course components). It is expected that participants will take about 40 hours to finish the entire course. This includes attendance at live virtual classrooms and completion of all learning activities.

Yes, it is a requirement for participants to complete all modules and pass all learning activities, including the final assessment. A professional certificate will be awarded upon successful completion.

We aim to run two to three intakes each year.

Unfortunately no, participants must complete the course in its entirety.

No, the course is currently delivered in English only. We are looking at delivering the course in other languages in the near future.

Participants can earn professional development (PD) hours for undertaking the online course. One contact hour of technical content is equivalent to one PD hour.

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