Barry Roberts of WKC’s London Office recently attended and presented on Equator Principles at the 2-day FINEX 2016 conference.

Barry Roberts of WKC’s London Office recently attended the 2-day FINEX 2016 conference, held at historic Burlington House in Piccadilly.  The venue is home to the world’s oldest geological society and houses William Smith’s ground-breaking 1815 geological map of England, Wales and Scotland, described in literature as ‘The Map that Changed the World’.  The conference focused on the role of private and institutional funding of exploration, development and mining projects globally.  Barry had the pleasure of speaking on the topic of how the emergence of the Equator Principles in the global financial services sector can lead to potentially significant reputational benefits and cost savings through the early adoption of the IFC’s Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability.

It was inspirational to speak to an audience of experts in the fields of finance, exploration and mining, not least in such a remarkable venue. The presentation invoked interesting debate, and I’m thrilled to have received positive feedback from a number of the delegates present.