AAMEG AFRICA AWARDS CELEBRATE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE MINERALS AND ENERGY SECTOR
By AAMEG | 7 July 2020
Perth, Australia: The Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group is pleased to announce the second annual AAMEG Africa Awards—Australia’s premier event for recognising best practice in mineral exploration across the African continent.
Taking place on the 4 November 2020 as part of the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference in Perth, the event was founded last year to celebrate Australian companies in the minerals and energy sector that champion a transparent, equitable and mutually beneficial mineral resources industry in Africa.
AAMEG CEO Bill Witham commented, “From the junior end of the scale right through to the large multinationals, Australian explorers in Africa are doing some exemplary work in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) space, forging meaningful connections with their host communities and contributing to their host country’s socio-economic development. But much of it goes unnoticed here in Australia.”
“The AAMEG Africa Awards present an opportunity to celebrate visionary approaches to ESG which deliver long term benefits for communities—vastly improving their outcomes across employment, health, education and environmental conservation.”
Archetypal of AAMEG’s efforts to bolster the capacity of junior companies in Africa, this year’s event will introduce a new category—the “Emerging ESG Leader Award 2020 AAMEG Africa Awards”—which acknowledges junior explorers or service companies (with a market capitalisation below $100,000,000 and less than 25 employees) whose outstanding company initiative delivers sustainable and tangible benefits to their host communities.
This award joins the existing categories of Best Innovation in Corporate Social Development and Best Workplace and People Development Initiative. The former acknowledges companies who have gone above and beyond traditional CSR and ESG efforts, showing collaboration and engagement between the African community and government, while the latter acknowledges companies who have empowered local populations through innovative training programs, mentoring or apprenticeships.
An esteemed panel of judges has been appointed to evaluate the entrant submissions, including Fred Soale, Hon Consul – Consulate of the Republic of Ghana in Perth, Muza Gondwe, Project Manager, Association of Women in Mining in Africa, Ben Gargett, Vice-Chairman of AAMEG and Bill Witham, CEO of AAMEG.
Nominations for the second annual event will be open from 15 July till 8 October, with full application details available soon. Read more here.
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Founded in May 2011, the Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group (AAMEG) is the peak body representing Australian companies engaged in the development of Africa’s resource industry. AAMEG provides a forum for members to network and share operational experience; to advocate at an industry level on behalf of members; and to assist member companies to engage with Australian and African governments and other relevant institutions and organisations.