Ludivine Wouters – Sustainability in Governance

Managing Partner | Latitude Five

Sustainability considerations are now integrated to the legal, regulatory, investment and commercial frameworks shaping exploration and mining; these include ESG disclosure and management requirements, as well as consideration of how their operations dovetail with wider societal expectations linked to development goals, increasing transparency, energy transition and geostrategic competition.

Integrating ESG to the exploration and mining business model in terms of threats and opportunities, policies, outcomes and impact entails altering management KPIs, Board scrutiny and investors’ assessment of companies’ performance. Improving the perception of exploration and mining as a driver of development, pillar of growth and indispensable supplier to game-changing industries world-wide requires working beyond functional or geographic silos and previously-accepted boundaries.

We propose to explore some practical opportunities for companies, large and small, to navigate this web of requirements and expectations by applying key governance principles, and for investors, leaders and managers at all levels to embrace this complexity whilst focusing on purpose-driven and effective action.

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To continue to explore this topic, you may be interested to join the Governance of Sustainability Dialogue hosted by the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), UNCTAD World Investment Forum and the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative on 23 and 24 June 2021 to discuss ‘Board accountability for sustainability’, ‘Reviewing CEO incentives with a social and sustainable lens’ and ‘Investor duties and sustainability-related disclosure’ among other essential issues.


As a governance and policy consultant with expertise in strategy, transaction management, regulatory, government relations and permitting, Ludivine assists natural resources companies and investors in emerging markets, and works on technical assistance programmes for States focusing on mining policy, governance and taxation. Ludivine has experience in political risk insurance within a Lloyd’s insurance syndicate, and significant legal experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets with leading international firms in Paris; she also worked for an emerging markets investment bank in London, focusing on metals and mining clients, particularly African juniors. In 2013, she was nominated by her peers to be one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.