The World Gold Council launched the Responsible Gold Mining Principles (RGMPs) in September 2019 following extensive consultation about their content with investors, governments, NGOs and supply chain actors. The RGMPs provide a framework for the management of environmental, social and governance issues and are subject to independent assurance at both a corporate and site level. The Principles constitute an industry standard and provide assurance to investors and to gold refiners in conducting due diligence.
Welcome, ESG scene-setter and relevance to Russia
John is Director of Market Relations and Climate Change Lead at the World Gold Council, managing its climate change research programme and its associated engagement activity with stakeholder organisations.
Additionally, John contributes to the organization’s wider insight and communication outputs. He has written extensively and comments regularly on gold market dynamics, investment strategy and sustainability issues.
John joined the World Gold Council in early 2005, working initially on investment research and investor outreach and, later, on projects examining gold's wider socio-economic and sustainability impacts.
He has worked in or around the financial markets for over 25 years, including senior roles in business development, product management, trading systems, and market analysis. He started his career in the development and marketing of advanced computing and AI software as applied to financial market data.
Beyond gold and finance, John has also consulted on research, business analysis and knowledge management projects for a wide range of clients, from SMEs to supranational organisations.
John has degrees from the University of Sussex and Birkbeck College, University of London.
Introduction to the Responsible Gold Mining Principles - Context, Consultation, Issues Covered
Edward Bickham is Senior Adviser to the World Gold Council on environmental, social and governance issues and was closely involved in the development of the Responsible Gold Mining Principles. He was formerly EVP External Affairs for Anglo American and is a former Board member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and Chair of the Institute of Business Ethics.
Responsible Gold Mining Principles - Implementation, Assurance and Interaction with other Codes
Peter is a C-Suite executive and sustainability advisor to the global mining industry. He helps companies navigate the complex external landscape associated with running a successful mining business. With a career spanning three decades, Peter has worked in the trenches in some of the most complicated jurisdictions in the world and in the boardrooms of the world’s leading gold mining companies.
Peter is formerly the SVP and Chief Sustainability Officer at Barrick Gold Corporation where he led enterprise-wide strategic initiatives related to sustainability. He established a world-class community relations discipline at Barrick, developed a comprehensive investor engagement program on sustainability and led the company’s climate change strategy. Peter is currently retained as a Senior Advisor with the World Gold Council, where he helped developed the Responsible Gold Mining Principles, launched in September 2019 as the new ESG benchmark for responsible gold producers.
Prior to joining the mining industry, Peter had a successful career in international development, holding several senior management positions with international NGOs. He spent twelve years living and working abroad, including in Swaziland, Rwanda, Congo, Chechnya and the UK. He has worked, lived or travelled in more than 65 countries around the world.
Peter holds a Business Degree from Queen’s University in Canada and a Masters in International Development (Gender Studies) from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex in the UK. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife and four children.
Piloting and Preparing to Implement the Responsible Gold Mining Principles – Company Experiences
Piloting the Responsible Gold Mining Principles – Kumtor Mine, Kyrgyz Republic
Marina Proskurovsky is an experienced ESG and sustainability strategist. She has worked on the environmental, social compliance, and ESG reporting mandates for companies in the mining, retail, and fashion sectors. Marina is currently focused on ESG strategy and disclosure at Centerra Gold, a TSX-listed gold producer with operations in Canada, Turkey, and the Kyrgyz Republic. She has previously worked for both Hudson’s Bay Company and Canada Goose in responsible sourcing roles. She holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, a post-graduate certificate in corporate communications from Seneca College, and is a SASB credential holder.
Preparing to Implement the Responsible Gold Mining Principles
Andrei coordinates Nordgold’s community engagement and resettlement projects, ensuring their full compliance with the IFC's Standards. He is also responsible for overseeing Nordgold’s community development programmes, sustainability reporting, and Nordgold’s participation in ESG ratings.
Aligning Gold Miners and Refiners – the Responsible Gold Mining Principles and the LBMA Responsible Gold Guidance
Neil Harby MRSC CChem
Neil is the Chief Technical Officer at the LBMA and is responsible for ensuring that the integrity of the physical side of the market is maintained.
Previously he worked at the largest gold refinery in the world as well as the second-largest platinum producer.
He is a member of the BSI Committee responsible for Specifications and test methods for jewellery and horology.
Responsible Gold Mining Principles (in English and Russian) https://www.gold.org/about-gold/gold-supply/responsible-gold
Gold Mining and the Sustainable Development Goals: https://www.gold.org/about-gold/gold-supply/responsible-gold/gold-minings-contributions-sdgs
Gold and Climate Change: https://www.gold.org/about-gold/gold-supply/responsible-gold/gold-and-climate-change