The Future of ESG Standards in the Sourcing of Minerals

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The Future of ESG Standards in the Sourcing of Minerals

23/10/2020 15:00 - 17:00 BST



A panel discussion of the application of ESG Standards in the sourcing of minerals and the future of supply chain management.

This panel session will involve a discussion on the increasing demands from customers to control their chain of supply and ensure that certain ESG standards are met in that chain of supply. The discussion will focus primarily on the legal rights in this area which are demanded by the end customers of minerals from mining companies and are required in order for them to meet their own ESG auditing requirements and ESG standards. Legal rights under discussion will include rights of audit and termination rights on various grounds including failure to comply with ESG standards and failure to ensure ‘block chain’ or other auditing capacity standards, as well as termination rights on the basis of bad publicity as a result of operational issues (e.g. mine disasters).  To provide various insights on this topic the panel has been comprised to include viewpoints from senior end users of minerals, suppliers of minerals and those who audit chain of supply processes. A Q&A will be conducted following the panel discussion.


  • Jeff Townsend (Moderator)
    Founder, Critical Minerals Association

    Jeff has nearly 20 years of experience working in the political sphere of Westminster, Capitol Hill and the Southern African Development Community. His expertise in foreign affairs and international development has led him to advise Senior Ministers, ambassadors and national leaders. Jeff is an expert at political strategy, campaigning and communications and has transferred these skills into the private sector -providing political advice to FTSE100 and S&P500 companies. Jeff was born on a mine in Carltonville, South Africa and grew up in mining communities around the world following his father who worked in the sector. In 2011 he began the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group on International Mining and more recently founded the Critical Minerals Association and its political platform in Westminster. Jeff is also the Founder and COO of Technical Critical Minerals.

  • Dr. Andy Clifton
    Sustainability Manager, Rolls Royce

    Andy Clifton is the Global lead for Sustainability in Engineering & Design at Rolls-Royce. He joined Rolls-Royce in 2005 as the Design for Environment Capability Owner after completing a research PhD at the Materials and Engineering Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University. His primary role at Rolls-Royce is to lead the development of the company’s engineering and design capabilities so that sustainability forms an integral part of all decision-making processes across all businesses and functions. He chairs various industry and collaborative working groups on the topic of sustainable design, which are leading the definition of new standards for best practice and sustainable business performance for the aerospace sector.

  • Shaun Teichner
    General Counsel, Glencore International AG

    Shaun Teichner is General Counsel at Glencore plc, a Switzerland-based multinational commodity trading and mining company. Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 responsibly-sourced commodities that advance everyday life. Glencore’s operations comprise around 150 mining and metallurgical sites and oil production assets.  With a strong footprint in over 35 countries in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore’s industrial activities are supported by a global network of more than 30 marketing offices.  Glencore’s customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, battery manufacturing and oil sectors.  Shaun oversees the Legal and Compliance Functions at Glencore. Prior to joining Glencore, he was a partner at Werksmans Incorporated, a law firm in South Africa, having graduated from the University of Witwatersrand and Harvard Law School.

  • Simon Gargonne
    Head of Adverse Media & Innovation Screening, Research Manager, EcoVadis

    Simon Gargonne, M.A., works as a Senior Sustainability Analyst at EcoVadis, the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement solutions for global supply chains. He has more than 12 years of experience in the field of business sustainability both in the private sector (CSR and ESG ratings) and international organisations (e.g. UN Global Compact).

  • Doug Johnson-Poensgen
    CEO, Circulor

    Doug is CEO of Circulor.  Circulor provides a software solution that enables its customers to track raw materials through supply chains to demonstrate responsible sourcing and sustainability. Doug has 25 years international experience operating in TMT, financial services, IT and management consultancy sectors. His leadership experience spans roles in large corporates (Barclays, BT, Serco, AIMIA), scale-ups (Cadence, ISD) and Start-ups (Circulor, Snapdragon).