Social License to Operate: Building Trust in Local Communities

The Conference Board of Canada, January 13, 2016
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Organizations who move into a new area have more to think about than the typical permitting and regulatory processes. Increasingly, companies are seeking “Social Licenses”, the local community’s acceptance and approval of their project or ongoing presence in the area. Often intangible and informal, social license can be realized through investment in timely and effective communication, meaningful dialogue, and a track record of ethical and responsible behavior. As the world becomes more and more environmentally and socially conscious, social license is increasingly being seen as a prerequisite to development. Do you have a plan in place?

Join us for this 60 minute webinar and learn what social licensees are, and their importance to business in the 21st century. You’ll hear expert advice on how to earn social license to operate, and public policy and legislative approaches to ensure success. We’ll explore how to use your current corporate responsibility framework as a starting point for engagement, communication, and collaboration with local communities, and discuss the project-specific action needed to earn and maintain the trust you need to get the job done.

Webinar Highlights

Attendees of this session will learn more about:

  • Policy implications—regional and cultural differences demand a flexible and responsive approach and must be understood early in order to enable the development and implementation of an effective strategy to earn and maintain social license.
  • Role of Government— Government could facilitate the necessary stakeholder mapping in regions for which they are responsible and provide a regulatory framework that sets companies on the right path for engagement with communities and stakeholders. In addition, issues related to social license can affect the outcomes of more ‘formal’ regulatory processes.
  • Social media— tools empower stakeholders and communities to access and share information on company behaviors, technologies, and projects as they are implemented around the world.
  • About Brian

    Photo of Brian YatesBrian Yates has more than 24 years experience in leading large-scale environmental assessments (EA), and consultation projects for a range of ports, energy, mining, and linear infrastructure projects. He ha has led numerous environmental assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), BC Environmental Assessment Act (BCEAA), as well as other regulatory frameworks, and implemented associated permitting and environmental management plans. He has led regulatory strategy, stakeholder consultation initiatives, and integrated planning efforts throughout British Columbia, across Canada, and internationally. Through his work in Canada, Indonesia, and elsewhere, he has observed the evolution of the concept of social license as it applies to the environmental uses and industrial development since the early 1990’s.

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