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Operationalising ESG

Course commences 2 September 2023

PD Hours

Operationalising ESG

Course commences 2 September 2023

PD Hours

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



Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type Next Intake PD Hours Language
20 hours
5 weeks
100% online
Short course
6 September 2023
Up to 20

Course overview

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 pricing

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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.

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

Who should attend?

Leaders in operational roles, such as

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


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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 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.

Narelle Wolfe

Head of Sustainability & ESG, AusIMM
Narelle is a long-term advocate for the importance of the ESG and SR function in delivering results and enhancing value for the mining sector for over 25 years. She is passionate about empowering teams and bringing rigour to the function by her strategic approach and building the capability of practitioners and organisations to reduce impact and maximise benefits.
Her experience extends from operational to corporate for both large and mid-tier companies exposing her to several commodity types, business models and development approaches in variety of complex jurisdictions. Narelle has developed and driven strategies, systems and processes that assess, lift, monitor and report on internal and external performance. Her knowledge combined with a hands-on technical background and collaborative approach has informed development, built partnerships, guided research, established enduring relationships, provided innovative solutions, and delivered integrated sustainable outcomes.

Course modules


Module 1

Introduction to Environment, Social and Governance (ESG): what is it and where did it come from?

Module 2

ESG impact, risk, materiality and stakeholder analysis

Module 3

ESG in operations management, business resilience and closure planning

Module 4

Operations interface with ESG principles, standards, assurance, certification and reporting

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