sharing in governance of extractive industries

First impressions count: initial terms of engagement and their role in Social Licence

Pre-conditions for social licence include confidence in governance, procedural fairness, amd trust in companies.

A new paper by GOXI members Tom Measham and Kieren Moffat, led by Airong Zhang has looked at how the terms of engagement set out in an initial letter to residents influences their disposition towards a proposed development. Based on a quasi-experimental design employing a case study of a hypothetical mine, the research measured the effects on community members’ attitudes towards a proposed mining development according to the information presented in an initial community engagement letter. The paper shows that providing early information to residents about a mining company’s community engagement plan and the government assessment processes can enhance perceptions of procedural fairness of and trust in mining companies, as well as confidence in governance. 

The paper is available Here as a free download until the end of 2017.

We’re keen to hear any comments GOXI members may have about the paper and how the findings relate to your own experiences. We look forward to hearing from you.

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