How Sustainability Contributes to Long-term Profits with Louise Wrathall – Dig Deep – The Mining Podcast

In this episode we chat to Louise Wrathall, Executive Director,…


In this episode we chat to Louise Wrathall, Executive Director, of Corporate Development at Central Asia Metals PLC who is a diversified company that operates low-cost mineral assets, producing the base metals. They have a lead/zinc line in North Macedonia and a copper operation in Kazakhstan.

Louise is a qualified geologist with a background as a mining analyst and investor relations. She gives us an update on Central Asia Metal and talks about ESG and what investors are looking for in mining companies when they are looking to invest.


  • The mining industry is becoming more diverse.
  • More diversity really does result in more diverse thoughts, ideas, and solutions.
  • Louise was able to gradually increase the amount of time she spent working as her son got older. A process that resulted in her developing a unique mix of skills, which now greatly benefits everyone.
  • Central Asia Metals has a strong ESG focus. Publishing standalone sustainability reports is one of the things that keep them on track.
  • They run two charitable foundations, one for each site that is funded out of their revenue.
  • Even if the mine closes, the communities will still thrive.
  • Central Asia Metals were the first to use the SX process to produce copper using a form of electrolysis.
  • They have paid out more than half of the $500 million cap in dividends, over the past 10 years.
  • There are 3 reasons people invest in mining, which Louise outlines, in the podcast.
  • Central Asia Metals has two low-cost long-life projects, but they are exploring and looking beyond those.



‘Last year, we sponsored three of our women, at two sites, through the Women in Mining Mentoring programme. ´

‘We´ve set ourselves a target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.’

‘The capital discipline aspect that our dividend brings is something that some of our shareholders have said that they appreciate.’









Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients’ organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.



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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight into people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

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