Jason M. Siegel

Environmental sustainability factors related to mining operations can have significant impacts on both short and long term financial performance of mining companies. Some of these impacts may emerge slowly over time, while others could manifest as an impact at any time and hence translate into a near term financial risk. This note discusses some salient aspects of an investor’s perception as to both short and long term risk associated with mining enterprises, with water related risks as the environmental context. Elements needed for a reporting or disclosure framework that improves investor understanding of and response to long term risk factors are discussed.