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Social License to Operate: Social Acceptability for Resource Development


Discover how Resource Developers can Effectively Engage Host Communities around their Projects.

Investors and regulators of resource development projects see broad community support as a key metric in project evaluation.

As a result, it is becoming increasingly common for communities affected by resource development projects to inform the company’s strategy and operations.

Hear from Robert Cole, the Director of Communities at EEM Inc. as he provides an overview of social acceptability in the resource development sector and practical advice for forging consensus between developers and host-communities. During this 60-minute webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Understand why host communities are increasingly more in control of resource development
  • Explore the regulatory and standards framework around community and aboriginal engagement in resource projects
  • Discover a practical approach for resource developers looking to effectively engage host communities around their projects

This free webinar is designed for:

  • Community relations personnel working for companies in the resource development space
  • Academics researching issues of social license to operate
  • Individuals looking to build a career in community relations

Why is this topic important for environmental professionals?

Environmental professionals working in the resource development sector may need to gain social acceptability for their projects. This webinar provides practical advice for forging consensus between developers and host-communities.

How do I access the webinar?

Complete the webinar download form with your contact information. Upon submission, you’ll receive a link to the webinar recording.

When was this webinar recorded?

This webinar was recorded in January 2016.

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Robert Cole

M.B.A, PBAS, IAF-CPF, Director, Communities, ÉEM Sustainable Management

Robert has worked for over 10 years as a management and sustainability consultant. At EEM, Robert is the head of the Communities group where his work focuses principally on:

  • Social impact assessment
  • Land-use and population resettlement
  • Group facilitation
  • Community and aboriginal engagement
  • Community investment planning
  • Business/community partnerships

Robert has extensive experience working in the extractive, energy, engineering, manufacturing and education sectors, as well as with aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities impacted by development.

An economist by training and accredited facilitator and partnership broker, Robert’s focus is on building mutual understanding between businesses and their community stakeholders of the social and environmental impacts of development and on developing effective long-term collaboration to promote sustainable development.

Prior to joining EEM, Robert was a management consultant in the field of business strategy and performance, and worked for three years in marketing communications. Robert holds an MBA specialized in Organizational Change Management, is an accredited Partnership Broker under the Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme (PBAS) and a Certified Professional Facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators. He speaks English, French and Spanish. Robert has over eight years of experience as a management and sustainability consultant.

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Discover how Resource Developers can Effectively Engage Host Communities around their Projects.

Investors and regulators of resource development projects see broad community support as a key metric in project evaluation.

As a result, it is becoming increasingly common for communities affected by resource development projects to inform the company’s strategy and operations.

Hear from Robert Cole, the Director of Communities at EEM Inc. as he provides an overview of social acceptability in the resource development sector and practical advice for forging consensus between developers and host-communities. During this 60-minute webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Understand why host communities are increasingly more in control of resource development
  • Explore the regulatory and standards framework around community and aboriginal engagement in resource projects
  • Discover a practical approach for resource developers looking to effectively engage host communities around their projects

This free webinar is designed for:

  • Community relations personnel working for companies in the resource development space
  • Academics researching issues of social license to operate
  • Individuals looking to build a career in community relations
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Why is this topic important for environmental professionals?

Environmental professionals working in the resource development sector may need to gain social acceptability for their projects. This webinar provides practical advice for forging consensus between developers and host-communities.

How do I access the webinar?

Complete the webinar download form with your contact information. Upon submission, you’ll receive a link to the webinar recording.

When was this webinar recorded?

This webinar was recorded in January 2016.

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Robert Cole

M.B.A, PBAS, IAF-CPF, Director, Communities, ÉEM Sustainable Management

Robert has worked for over 10 years as a management and sustainability consultant. At EEM, Robert is the head of the Communities group where his work focuses principally on:

  • Social impact assessment
  • Land-use and population resettlement
  • Group facilitation
  • Community and aboriginal engagement
  • Community investment planning
  • Business/community partnerships

Robert has extensive experience working in the extractive, energy, engineering, manufacturing and education sectors, as well as with aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities impacted by development.

An economist by training and accredited facilitator and partnership broker, Robert’s focus is on building mutual understanding between businesses and their community stakeholders of the social and environmental impacts of development and on developing effective long-term collaboration to promote sustainable development.

Prior to joining EEM, Robert was a management consultant in the field of business strategy and performance, and worked for three years in marketing communications. Robert holds an MBA specialized in Organizational Change Management, is an accredited Partnership Broker under the Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme (PBAS) and a Certified Professional Facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators. He speaks English, French and Spanish. Robert has over eight years of experience as a management and sustainability consultant.