Last week 9 international project partners participated at the kick-off meeting in Madrid (Spain), between 21-22 February, to start the Environment Social Governance Monitoring  project (RIS-INCOME).

The two-day meeting, organised by the lead partner Gomez Pardo Foundation at their premises, provided project partners the opportunity the meet in person, which is essential for good and effective communication and collaboration in the project. The meeting was also attended by the EIT RawMaterials project officer who is supporting partners during their activities to contribute to the development and delivery of the project in line with the established project’s objectives. 

Partners overviewed the administrative requirements of the project and most importantly, gained more detailed insight into the current status and challenges of the Spanish environmental, social, and governance (ESG) monitoring and reporting. Furthermore, WP leaders presented the objectives within WPs and activities to be implemented in the first year of the project progress. Due to active information discussions on the ESG reporting activities and data collection, several technical meetings have been set for upcoming months.  

We are thrilled to start this essential project, which aims to develop and commercialize an innovative and powerful digital tool (software) for the monitoring and management of ESG criteria and normative compliance in the mining sector. The project aims to test developed software in mining companies in Spain and train their suppliers, aiming to increase the necessary transparency on mining activities and practises, improving the public perception of the mining operations that supports the sustainable framework of the raw materials operations – Social Licence to Operate (SLO).