ESG in the spotlight at Africa Mining Forum 2021

The third edition of Africa Mining Forum is a platform to discuss how the mining sector can comply with the increasing ESG mandates to create a sustainable future.

This is according to Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi, CEO, Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board. She was speaking at the opening of the three-day event digital taking place from 2 to 4 November. ESG is the overarching theme at this year’s Africa Mining Forum.

This year, event organiser, Vuka Group, has dedicated a day to exploring the three ESG requirements and pillars through a diverse format and activities across the three-day event. In addition, Africa Mining Forum 2021 will also home in on how technology is changing the mining landscape and also helping to ensure ESG compliance.

Karitanyi added, “This forum is the opportunity to look at the balance of economic, environmental and social imperatives in our mining industry. It will incentivise greater dialogue, encourage collaboration and partnerships aimed at creating sustainable mining.”

Mining driving a sustainable future and socio-economic development

Karitanyi’s address was followed by the opening keynote address titled ESG principles: Explored. Uncovered. Refined. Unpacking the discussion were Namrata Thapar, Global Head Mining, International Finance Corporation (IFC), USA; Rohitesh Dhawan, CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals, UK; Jayne Mammatt, Partner/Director – Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC, South Africa; Adam Matthews, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Church of England Pensions Board, Chair: Transition Pathway Initiative, UK; and Hilaire Diarra, Head of Sustainability, Africa and Middle East, Barrick.

According to Diarra, there is no doubt that mining is the backbone of modern economies and further stated, “It seems that the hopes of the world rest on the mining sector and while this may be a big responsibility, it is also an opportunity and ESG gives us the opportunity to deliver real value to our stakeholders.”

Meanwhile, Mathews stated that mining is critical to a low-carbon future and that investors need to engage with the sector to get a clearer vision of where mining needs to get to in order to retain its importance in economies and its social licence to operate and become an exemplar of ESG best practice that other sectors can follow.