CSR, SOCIAL LICENSE and SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Often considered only in context with communities impacted by extractive industries, the interrelated global social responsibility activities group that includes Corporate Social Responsibility, Social License, Community Relations, Prior Consultation and Consent, and Sustainable Development are together fast becoming the benchmark against which companies operate in most international markets, regardless of setting, industry or sector.
The challenge is determining exactly what standards in each instance must be met, and developing the appropriate protocols, and therefore CSR compliance should form an integral part of the initial planning for any international project, foreign investment, joint venture or major purchase.
A core component of cross cultural management, CSR / Social License methodologies and policies should become an integral part of the corporate culture, and be implemented first in-house. Firms with a corporate culture fully adapted to the host country are usually the most successful.
In many cases, customers (and investors) are commonly asking for proof of Socially Responsible and / or Sustainable supply chains before purchasing goods and services. XPM can provide in-country support to evaluate and provide the necessary reports.
XPM has completed many conflict free land access and community agreements with impacted communities, ejidos, campesinos, indigenous, artisanal and small miners (ASM), and other stakeholders in sectors related to extractive industries, construction and development programs.