How to earn your Social License to Operate… and maintain it?
There is no magic recipe for earning a Social License to Operate (SLO). As the president of a large mining corporation once put it :
You don’t get your social license by going to a government ministry and making an application or simply paying a fee... It requires far more than money to truly become part of the communities in which you operate.
The quality of the relationship
between the project and its stakeholders (do stakeholders trust you?)
The management of the project impacts
(are you seen by stakeholders as taking responsibility for the impacts created by your project, and keeping them at a commonly agreed “as low as reasonably possible” level ?)
The distribution of the benefits
generated by the presence of the project amongst stakeholders (is this distribution seen as fair and transparent by the stakeholders?)
ASLO offers services in the following areas
- Strategy and planning: social risk & opportunity analysis, development of strategic and action plans
- Stakeholder management: stakeholder identification and mapping, stakeholder engagement, grievance management
- Impact and benefit management: social impact management, local hiring and contracting, social investment
Call us in when
- You need to plan: we'll support the development of your social management system and corresponding processes, documents and database
- You need to implement: we’ll support you in the recruitment of your social team / coach and train your staff in the implementation of the corresponding systems and processes
- You need to evaluate your social performance: we’ll assess your performance against your corporate framework, international best practices and standards, and stakeholder perception
Beyond the private sector
You’re not a project operator but...
- An investor wishing to better understand the social risks linked to a potential investment decision - we can conduct a social due diligence on your next investment
- A public organisation, an NGO or donor willing to engage with the private sector - we can provide training on corporate engagement
- A research organisation - we can carry out research and case studies on corporate-stakeholder relations and related aspects
There is no 'one size fits all' approach when its come to social performance and we’ll never claim we know it all: instead, ASLO works in connection with a network of competent people, which allows us to assemble the right team for the job and to provide specific expertise, on a case-by- case basis.
ABOUT ASLO’S FOUNDER
ASLO was founded in February 2015 by Anne-Sophie Leroy, after she decided to build on her unique combination of non-profit, public and corporate experience in humanitarian response, development aid and environmental and social aspects related to the oil & gas (O&G) sector. Graduating in 2000 with an engineering degree in agronomy from AgroParisTech, France, Anne-Sophie started her career working for a humanitarian NGO in El Salvador, Central America, and subsequently worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on development programs in Bolivia.
She then joined the French O&G major Total and journeyed across a broad spectrum of experience, from community liaison to the successful launch of two challenging subsidiaries for Total in Africa and the management of environmental and social matters linked to their operations.