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Professional Certificate

ESG and Social Responsibility

Course commences 31 July 2023

PD Hours
Professional Certificate

ESG and Social Responsibility

Course commences 31 July 2023

PD Hours

Environment, social and governance performance in the resources sector


Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type 2023 IntakeS PD Hours Language
40 hours 
8 weeks
100% online
31 July 2023
16 October 2023
Up to 40


Course overview

Learn how to minimise ESG-related harm and maximise value to resource enterprises, affected stakeholders and broader society.

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

Prominence will be given to evaluating ESG/SR risk, threats and opportunities, and to developing workplace responses, execution, assurance and performance reporting.

The course and case studies will be global in scope and will 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.

Course pricing

Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Associate membership and enrolment bundle
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Price is inclusive of 10% GST

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Course commences 31 July

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Who should attend?

Asset-level front-line leaders across all mining functions
Understand ESG compliance, reporting requirements and impacts on day-to-day operations.

Consultants across all disciplines
Understand ESG compliance and reporting requirements for clients.

Corporate and investment-related professionals in the resources sector  
Improve ESG analysis, performance and assurance review.

Course structure

The eight-week course consists of six modules over six weeks, with a final two weeks to complete written assessments. Each module consists of:

  • Pre-recorded videos, featuring interviews with experienced industry experts
  • Interactive learning activities and discussion
  • ‘Take home’ analytical tools that can be used in the workplace
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Additional reading including case studies

The written assessment requires participants to complete short answer questions that address the content presented in each module.

Live sessions are recorded and available within 24 hours for participants who are unable to attend.

Module 1

ESG, Social Responsibility and Society

Module 2

ESG and Social Responsibility Analysis Methods 1

Module 3

ESG and Social Responsibility Analysis Methods 2

Module 4

Operationalising ESG and Social Responsibility

Module 5

ESG Global Principles, Standards, Measurement, Assurance and Reporting

Module 6

A Deeper Look at some ESG and Social Responsibility Themes

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Professional Certificate in ESG and Social Responsibility

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 over 40 years of worldwide field experience in the resources sector and for 25 years has been at the forefront of developing social performance as a professional discipline and enterprise value contributor. Bruce was Global Practice Leader in Social Performance at a global resources company and has worked with clients at many diverse locations around the globe, advising on social performance and ESG management systems and development consent agreements.

Bruce works directly with resource sector clients, is an Adjunct Professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, and a Guest Lecturer delivering ‘ESG - Leading Sustainable Enterprises’ at the University of Otago (NZ) MBA School. He is the Chair of the AusIMM ESG-Social Responsibility Committee which recently produced the Institute’s ESG-aligned ‘Social Responsibility Framework’ and Chartered Professional criteria for Social Performance practitioners.

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

Project Director, Expansion and Growth, OZ Minerals
Geoff Deans is the Project Director, Expansion and Growth for the OZ Minerals Carrapateena Mine located in South Australia. Geoff is responsible for leading the expansion and growth team that is envisaged to unlock the potential of the Carrapateena Province whilst increasing the Carrapateena Mine production from the current 4.25 to 12 million tonnes a year by 2029, delivering around 110,000-120,000 tonnes of copper and 110,000-120,000 ounces of gold a year. A key part of this expansion is converting the lower portion of the sub level cave to a series of block caves will significantly increase Carrapateena’s reserve and mine life. Geoff was previously the inaugural Group Manager Social Performance for OZ Minerals and led the company’s approach to social performance and sustainability.

Geoff holds an MBA from the University of South Australia, a Masters of Community Relations for the Resources Sector from University of Queensland, a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact Assessment from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Education from Flinders University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a member of the AusIMM Social and Environment Committee and a board member of Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia (IEBA).

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.

The course is a great initiative. I found it extremely valuable. It allows to step back and put the resource industry in a different perspective which is essential in today's world. On several aspects, it was an eye opening experience. The course is rich and of high quality with plenty of references and resources to deepen our knowledge. I especially enjoyed the case studies which illustrate very well the type of issues that can be encountered in the resource sector. Overall, it gives an excellent base to help understand and address ESG-related issues.

Participant of August 2021 intake

Frequently asked questions

The course will be run entirely online via a cloud-based platform called Cahoot 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 the final assignment). It is expected that participants will take about 40 hours to finish the entire course. This includes attendance at live webinars 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, the course must be completed 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.

No. If someone is on the pathway to becoming a Competent Person, then doing this course early will help them to better understand the JORC Code and its requirements.

It is not currently mandatory but it is highly recommended to raise the knowledge of the overall profession.

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

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