Driving sustainable investment in African Mining

Acknowledging Junior Miners’ Sustainable Initiatives

Back for a third year, the Responsible Resourcing Awards shine a spotlight on the future of mining. Recognising and celebrating initatives that are challenging sustainable mining and positive ESG practices and leading to a responsible future. 

Through their innovation and dedication, these junior miners are redefining the narrative of responsible mining, protecting the environment, supporting local community, and forging a path towards a more sustainable and ethical future for the entire industry.

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Award categories


Recognising a company with innovative and transformative initiatives that address climate challenges. Projects that offer additionality for addressing other sustainability issues are of particular interest. For example, green power solutions that benefit local communities and nature; nature-based solutions that not only sequester carbon but address other Earth Systems and social issues (E.g. water pollution / abundance, biodiversity, livelihoods, etc.); redesign of mining infrastructure to minimize forest disturbance, etc.)


Recognising a company that has either improved access to clean water for local communities, has introduced innovative and effective systems and/or solutions for preventing and/or remedying water pollution, and/or manages water usage responsibly and sustainably in the development of their projects and/or operations of assets.


Recognising a company undertaking innovative initiatives that are stimulating sustainable economic development in local communities. Particular interest in interventions that support the economic empowerment of vulnerable groups, such as women, youth, marginalised ethnicities, migrants, etc., that support economic diversification away from and reduce dependency on mining, and/or that are catalysing development of the green economy.


Recognising a company that is introducing circular processes into its business, at any or all stage(s) of the mining life cycle, and/or into the local economy.


Recognising a company demonstrating leading practice in transparency and working to improve accountability mechanisms that achieve business integrity and good governance.



Recognising a company that is pioneering effective strategies to protect, preserve and/or restore ecosystems and species potentially affected by their projects and operations. Collaborative and landscape-level projects are of particular interest.

Community engagement

Recognising a company that is strengthening local institutions and the ability of people to claim their human rights through innovative initiatives and meaningful engagement and consultation of local communities in decision making on activities affecting them.


Recognising a company that has gone above and beyond in its employment practices, such as respect of labor rights, promotes equal opportunities, fair treatment, professional and skills development of their workforce, health and safety culture and listens to and hears worker voice, etc.

Diversity, equality and inclusion

Recognising a company that demonstrably improving or successfully implemented [a] diversity, equality and inclusion strategy or can demonstrate proven improvement against bias and discrimination from a DEI standpoint, and an increase in representation across all levels of the organisation.

Taking part in Mining Indaba last year, Akobo Minerals had the pleasure of participating in the ESG Awards (Responsible Resourcing Awards), where we were recognized for our commitment to environmental sustainability by winning the ESG Nature Award. This recognition was not only important to us but also for the industry. I am happy to see Mining Indaba taking the lead, focusing on the important ESG aspects of exploration & mining. We look forward to seeing more ESG focus & initiatives next year.
Jørgen Evjen, CEO Akobo Minerals AB and Etno Mining P.L.C
Junior ESG Awards (Responsible Resourcing Awards) are important in recognising companies that make extraordinary contributions to African communities. Bannerman Energy was delighted to win the 2023 Community Engagement Award, and this recognition had immediate value when profiling our ESG efforts. Mining Indaba's global reputation as a premier African investment event and strict judging criteria have ensured these awards are regarded as one of the most coveted honours in the mining sector.
Emma Culver, Communications Officer Bannerman Energy
Base Resources was pleased to be recognised for our ESG practices at the Mining Indaba 2023. Receiving the Labour and Transparency Award, and the response we received on the announcement of these awards across the board from our stakeholders in Kenya – the Government of Kenya and Kwale County representatives, national and regional regulatory authorities, partner CSOs, our communities and our employees is evidence that we are doing things right and that our presence is valued.
Dr Georgina Jones, Group Sustainability Manager Base Resources

2024 Winners


Who are the judges?

A carefully selected expert judging panel, comprising of ESG advisors, managers, and analysts, will review each entry based on the individual awards criteria.

The judges are seeking exceptional initiatives that showcase a profound commitment to sustainability in the mining industry. They're looking for junior miners that demonstrate innovative approaches to environmental responsibility, social impact, and ethical practices. 

Successful entries will stand out for their tangible and measurable results, while also inspiring and setting an example for the wider mining community. Judges will prioritise entries that exhibit a clear vision, robust execution, and a lasting commitment to building a more sustainable and responsible future. 



Estelle Levin-Nally

Founder & CEO
Levin Sources

Kirsten Hund

Head of Carbon Neutrality

De Beers

Daniel Litvin

Critical Resources

Raksha Naidoo

Women in Mining South Africa

Glen Mpufane

Director of Mining & DGOJP
IndustriALL Global Union


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