Past Event

Sustainability: A Luxury for Bulls, or a Necessity for Bears?

March 10, 2016
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Room 402

CCSI, SIPA’s MPA in Development Practice Program and Columbia Business School’s Commodities Club co-sponsored a talk by Tom Butler, CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).

In the current commodity price downturn, there is enormous pressure on resource companies to cut costs. Tom examined the key factors for CEOs to consider, with reference to specific examples, as they define their priorities in a falling market.

Tom Butler became CEO of ICMM in July 2015. Before joining ICMM, he spent 18 years with the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) in the infrastructure and natural resource teams, with much of that time focused on mining and power projects in Africa. From 2011, he was IFC’s Global Head of Mining, where he led a multi-disciplinary team of specialists responsible for IFC’s financing of mining exploration and development in emerging market countries, all in accordance with IFC’s environmental and social Performance Standards.