Social Licence to Operate
Social Acceptance, Transparency and Trust
Social Licence to Operate (SLO) has been ranked for the last number of years as the biggest risk to the mining industry. Now broadly described as ESG, but when engaged in advancing mining or any large infrastructure project working positively with people and communities which is the key to success.
Each community has unique values dependent on their natural, built and intangible heritage. This is what gives them their sense of place and their identity. These must be understood and valued by miners and energy companies
Whether the operations are established, or reworking an abandoned mine to entering non-traditional mining areas through exploration communities must be part of the decision process.
Success is through identifying shared values between communities and industry.