With growing interest in corporate social responsibility at both a legal and public level, managing the social, political and human rights impacts of major projects and ongoing operations is no longer a discretionary activity, but an absolute necessity.
Failure to effectively manage social performance, including human rights impacts, stakeholder engagement and political challenges, can result in major projects and business activities being delayed or derailed, and can lead to serious reputational and financial consequences.
ERM helps clients adapt to this business reality by building productive relationships with stakeholders and by effectively managing social, human rights and political impacts, risks, and opportunities. This can include:
- Stakeholder engagement and strategic communications
- Human rights risk, impact and salience assessment
- Conflict resolution
- Baseline studies
- Social impact strategy and management plans
- Social monitoring and impact evaluation
- Resettlement and livelihood restoration
- Just transition planning & implementation
- Reconciliation and meaningful Indigenous Peoples engagement and collaboration
- Support for dialogue and partnerships with NGOs, donors and other key stakeholders, including digital engagement (workshops, dialogue sessions, surveys, etc.)
- Political risk analysis and scenarios development
- Political, regulatory and reputational due diligence
- Government engagement strategy and political monitoring
- Benchmarking socio-political ‘license to operate’ using LicenseSecure™
- Geopolitical, regulatory and societal trends analysis
Through our global network of 300+ social experts with diverse language skills, we are able to integrate and streamline a broad set of offerings, providing our clients with efficiencies and strategic approaches.
We use our extensive technical knowledge, strong engagement skills, and transparent processes to deliver solutions to our clients that are strategic, practical, sustainable, and cost-effective, and that protect and enhance asset value. We assist our clients to operate in a manner that respects and advances social impact, which positively contributes to their license to operate and shareholder value.