In January 2020, Van Eck, which manages the International Investors Gold Fund, announced that it ‘would expect all of the gold producers in which we invest to adopt the RGMPs’. The RGMPs have stimulated significant interest from institutional investors who welcome the precision and granularity of the Principles in monitoring the ESG performance of companies held in their portfolios. The World Gold Council is also engaging with leading ESG information providers and ratings agencies to discuss the potential confluence between their analytical models and the fifty one topics covered by the RGMPs.
The World Gold Council team, led by CFO, Terry Heymann, has been active on conference platforms and with investor roadshows over the last six months. They have been out and about in partnership with senior WGC company executives from Centerra Gold, Newcrest Mining, OceanaGold, AngloGold Ashanti, Barrick Gold and Endeavour Mining, in Melbourne, Sydney, Cape Town, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal and London. Inevitably there has been scaling back because of Covid 19, but the Zoom calls and webinars circuit now beckon! To see Terry Heymann in action at the European Gold Show.