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Peer-group ESG benchmarking

Battery metals and materials

Trusted ESG benchmarking from an expert team

SFA (Oxford)'s benchmarking of lithium, nickel and cobalt producers on material environmental, social and governance factors generates high-resolution insights for sustainability-conscious investors to find best-in-class ESG performers and to inform stakeholder engagement. Incorporating our ESG benchmarking metrics into your investment decision-making can reduce risk and enhance returns. Using our novel insights into investment rationale we can help lower costs and increase efficiency, reduce the impact of fines and externalities, as well as improving adaptability to future market demand and technological shifts.

The push towards disclosure, accountability and transparency

In 2020, SFA began covering the upstream Battery Raw Materials sector, with comprehensive ESG market sector analytics, and their related economics, connecting all upstream, downstream and recycling-loop linkages of worldwide producers and users along the PGM food chain.

As organisations and institutions are assessed on their ethical and sustainability practices spanning environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, ESG-compatible investment vehicles have been gathering traction amongst investors of all types as public awareness of companies' social and environmental influences increases.

In the face of new global social and environmental challenges, compliance with ESG initiatives has moved to the forefront of investor priorities. Understanding and mitigating regulatory, political and stakeholder issues are key to longevity in the natural resource sector. The pressures surrounding these factors are set to increase over the coming years. 

To improve company accountability of their environmental footprints, SFA can help investors by benchmarking the peer group in numerous ways to show new trends and sector outperformance. Some of the key ESG areas we look at include:


Environmental benchmarking

  • Tracking company air emissions (greenhouse gas emissions, pollutants - sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, and particulate matter).

  • Analysing energy usage (Scope 1, 2 and 3) and renewable energy utilisation.

  • Monitoring water consumption and water recycling.

  • Dissecting land use from mining and waste storage.

  • Measuring waste generate and storage from tailings and rock dumps.

  • Carbon taxation.


Social benchmarking

  • Mapping employee demographics.

  • Surveying employee health.

  • Reporting on safety-related incidents.

  • Calculating employee development and training spend.


Governance benchmarking

  • Summarising board structure.

  • Scrutinising board demographics.

  • Assessing ethics and integrity policies.

  • Reviewing company risk profiles.


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Henk de Hoop

Chief Executive Officer

Beresford Clarke

Managing Director: Technical & Research

Dr Jenny Watts

Head of Clean Energy & Sustainability

Jamie Underwood

Principal Consultant

Adele Rouleau

ESG and Critical Minerals Lead

Daniel Croft

Commodity Analyst

Lakshya Gupta

Senior Market Analyst: Battery Materials and Technologies

Dr Ralph Grimble

Operations Director

Thomas Chandler

Principal Lithium Supply Analyst

Rj Coetzee

Senior Market Analyst: Battery Materials and Technologies

Alex Biddle

Senior Mining Analyst

Dr Fahad Aljahdali

General Manager, KSA

Jeremy Coombes

Independent Consultant

David Mobbs

Head of Marketing

Joel Lacey

Sales and Marketing Specialist

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