Audits and due diligence

Environmental and social due diligence assessments

Independent reviews and audits for development projects, acquisitions and investments

Environmental and social considerations have become as important to the success of companies and their operations as traditional business performance.  When investors, insurers, buyers, regulators and the public evaluate long-term viability and social acceptability, they expect businesses to understand their environmental and social risks and demonstrate sound approaches to managing these risks.

To those ends, EEM has conducted environmental and social due diligence assessments in Canada, the U.S. and West Africa on behalf of businesses and indigenous peoples.  Working closely with both groups helps us understand their respective objectives and concerns.

Our offer

EEM offers the following environmental and social due diligence services:

  • Independent environmental and social reviews of mine development projects, based on internationally recognized criteria, such as the IFC Environmental and Social Performance Standards.
  • Independent reviews of environmental and social impact assessments, to ascertain conformance with regulations and stakeholder expectations.
  • Due diligence audits of properties or projects targeted for investment, divestment or acquisition, or to establish compliance with environmental bond criteria.

Our approach

EEM’s approach to environmental and social due diligence:

  • Ensures the required expertise is brought to bear: We often complement our own consultants with our network of professional associates from a number of fields.
  • Identifies applicable regulations, standards and best practices.
  • Reviews relevant documentation and management approaches.
  • Validates these reviews through targeted site visits, including interviews with staff and community consultation as required, to establish the key conditions for and current level of public support.
  • Provides a thorough assessment of environmental and social performance gaps.
  • Recommends a program of remedial measures to address these gaps.
  • Progressively reports on the reliability of available data, the key environmental/social risks and impacts, the viability of risk/impact management approaches, and the overall feasibility of the project or investment target.
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