The establishment of IRAS (formerly in 2009 was effectively a response to a common request from several clients. Rather than operating as an 'independent consultant', clients such as Bidvest, Lonmin Platinum and Kumba Resources (now Kumba Iron Ore), asked that a brand be established to add credence to some of the work Michael, the founder of IRAS, was completing. In creating IRAS, Michael set about hiring a team of supporting characters who helped expand into a wider array of complimentary services. Aside from the provision of Independent Third-Party Assurance over ESG/Sustainability reporting, and the Authorship of various types of annual reports IRAS now offers the following suite of advisory and other services:


  • ESG Reporting Risk Assessments, including qualitative and quantitative benchmarking studies

  • ESG Data Management Systems Development & Implementation

  • CSI/SED Programme Identification, Selection and Implementation, based on a proprietary toolkit developed to apply quantitative modelling to maximise return on CSI/SED (in developmental terms)

  • CSI/SED Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Materiality Determination Assessments (Including Material Issues Mapping Workshops)

  • Stakeholder Engagement Planning

  • External Assessments of Mine Community Resettlement, in accordance with the expectations set out in IFC Performance Standard 5


Due to ensure maximum value add for our clients, IRAS engages the services of specialists within our pool of "Networked Associates" to offer complimentary skills as/when needed.

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