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Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) Across the Mining Industry

Date: August 26, 2023

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: Hilton London Metropole | London, United Kingdom

Presenters: Sarah Gordon and Rose Clarke

Attendee Maximum: 30

20% of spaces are reserved for students and offered at a discounted rate.

Fees and Registration


Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) is rapidly increasing in importance across all industries, and mining is no different. As material demands increase to power the green transition, it is becoming even more important that these raw materials are explored for, mined, and produced in a responsible manner. Customers, investors, regulators, operators, service providers, academics, potential employees, and others are paying more attention to how and from where raw materials are obtained. Simultaneously, ESG litigation is gaining momentum.

Ensuring truly sustainable practice and avoiding "greenwashing" is imperative for all organizations to maintain both funding and license to operate. ESG factors need to be considered from the very beginning, and as "the first boots on the ground," geos have the responsibility to ensure that this is the case. Throughout the whole mining value chain, geologists and earth scientists are also uniquely placed to address and improve ESG.

In this interactive workshop we examine where improvements have, can, and should be made to ensure ESG is thoroughly addressed throughout the mining value chain, and some practical tools and techniques. We will also discuss the roles and responsibilities of geoscientists, mining companies, professional bodies, non-governmental organizations, investors, procurement specialists, and society.

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About the Presenters


Sarah Gordon

Satarla, Responsible Raw Materials

Sarah is co-founder and CEO of Satarla, a global risk management and sustainability consultancy company also engaged in extensive research and training. Having started her career as an exploration geologist, Sarah has always been passionate about ensuring that we make sustainability a reality. Voted as one of the top 10 most inspirational women in mining in 2016, she lectures at Imperial College London and the University of Johannesburg. Sarah was delighted to represent The Geological Society at COP26 and be a member of the UK Government Expert Committee on Raw Materials.


Rose Clarke

Satarla, Responsible Raw Materials

Rose completed her Ph.D. at the University of Leicester, investigating gold deposits enriched in energy critical elements such as tellurium, and aspects of sustainability including carbon emissions, environmental credits, and optimizing by-product recovery. She now leads on Satarla climate-related work regarding the mining sector. Along with Sarah, Rose is also a co-founder of

Schedule (Preliminary)

Saturday, August 26

  • 9:00am - 10:45am: What is ESG, why does ESG / a just transition need mining
  • 10:45am - 11:00am: Coffee break
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm: ESG in exploration and development (including tools, opportunities, threats), update to resource-reserve codes
  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch break
  • 1:30pm - 3:15pm: ESG in open pit, underground, underwater, and artisanal and small-scale mining (including tools, opportunities, threats) and processing
  • 3:15pm - 3:30pm: Coffee break
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm: ESG in closure, the move towards “post-closure”, and the roles and responsibilities of those within and adjacent to the mining sector


Early Deadline: June 30, 2023
Regular Deadline: August 11, 2023

  Early Regular
SEG Professional Member US$495 US$495
SEG Student Member US$145 US$145
Non-member US$595 US$595
All prices are in United States dollars (USD). SEG reserves the right to cancel this event should minimum attendance numbers not be met by June 30, 2023. All registrants will be given a full refund should SEG cancel the course. Cancellation policy, event photography, dietary restrictions, and more are detailed in the SEG Conference terms and conditions.