The 2020 Presentation of the IASSA Squirrel Awards has been postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. It will be staged as a virtual event at a date still to be determined and couriers will be assigned to deliver the awards to the respective recipients.
SAMREC/IASSA Squirrel Awards
Previous winners of the SAMREC/IASSA award are:
2019 Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd
2018 African Rainbow Minerals (ARM)
2016 AngloGold Ashanti
2015 AngloGold Ashanti
2014 Gold Fields and Sibanye Gold (jointly)
2013 Gold Fields
2012 Sibanye Gold
2011 Gold Fields
2010 Harmony Gold Mining Company
Since 2017, a second Squirrel Award has been presented for the best Annual Integrated Report by a company with a market capitalisation less than ZAR15M.
Previous winners of the SAMREC/IASSA for Smaller Capitalisation Companies Award are:
2019 Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd.
2018 Royal Bafokeng Platinum.
ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) issues are becoming more and more important globally. The Triple Bottom Line has come into focus since the mid-1990s. and in recognition, many mining companies are reporting to voluntary international standards such as IRMA and Responsible Steel.
While none of the international public reporting codes yet have a compulsory ESG component, the South African Guidelines for Environmental, Social and Governance (SAMESG) guidelines have been in place since 2016.
In order to encourage exploration and mining companies to go beyond the minimum standards and voluntarily showcase best practice reporting of ESG issues in accordance with the SAMESG Guidelines, the SAMCODES Standards Committee (SSC) is sponsoring an ESG (Green) Squirrel to be presented at the annual IASSA Awards ceremony at the JSE. The inaugural presentation of this award is expected to be in 2022 (for IARs compiled in 2021). More information will be provided in due time.