Assheton Stewart Carter is the Director of the Dragonfly Initiative, a business consultancy, standards-development, and impact investment firm established to support businesses in the natural resources, mining, and minerals development value chains from mine to market, producer to consumer.
Assheton has been at the forefront of the responsible business movement for more than 25 years, with a focus on the jewellery and gemstone supply chain. He has launched and led several significant public private partnerships and structured innovative ‘green’ supply chains.
His track record includes a number of ‘firsts’: first fully traceable line of gold and silver jewellery from mine to market; first diamonds with full chain of custody from Kimberlite pipe to pendant; first investments into biodiversity offsets; first conflict-free trading scheme for tin and tungsten; first fully traceable artisanal gold to be sourced by a luxury brand; first certified small-mine with a chain of custody certified to international standards; first provenance-assured opals to be worn on the red carpet; and first certified gold to be included in a cell phone’s supply chain.
His career spans the Non-Profit sector – he was SVP at PACT, a leading international NGO, and Chief Advisor at Conservation International, and business – he started out as a stockbroker in the City of London, and he co-founded Spartacus Capital Mining Fund, an ESG-focussed private equity firm and is a senior manager at Goldlake Mining, a social responsibly enterprise with gold mines in Honduras. He chairs and serves on several boards and expert panels for standard-setting organizations, NGOs and private companies.
Assheton’s opinions have appeared in the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Guardian and the Economist and he has lectured at Georgetown, George Washington, Cornell, Brown, Warwick, Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Carter holds a first-class honours degree from the Royal Agricultural University, U.K, and a Ph.D. from Bath University.
Carter has published over 20 book chapters and journal articles.