Join us in a conversation on What is Stakeholder Engagement anyway? Isn’t it just talking to people? by Dr. Chris Anderson, Principal, Yirri Global LLC on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 2 PM ET. In this webinar, we will discuss what some think of as the new ‘holy grail’ in, at least, the natural resource sector: stakeholder engagement. But, what exactly is it, and what is it not? How is it being used in different sectors? We will break it down into constituent parts, look at global good practice while presenting some solid case studies.
In many companies, stakeholder identification takes place in one dimension and is often done by only one function in a company. The ‘map’ produced (and we will discuss this concept too) is often then put onto a shelf, thereafter to remain. The management part is left to ad hoc processes and various and sundry personnel. Thus, from the beginning, we need to be clear as to what both the ‘stakeholder’ part is and the ‘engagement’. Does the latter just constitute town hall meetings, occasional chats and is it merely a ‘check the box’ exercise? How does it relate to the older concept of ‘consultation’? Where does the fairly new and controversial notion of ‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent’ fit in? Stakeholder engagement is surely a great thing, but companies need to go into it with a clear notion of what it is, how it fits into a broader external and communities plan, who does it.
Dr. Anderson has worked as a Communities & Social Performance field practitioner and senior executive in the natural resource sector for 20 years, with Rio Tinto, Newmont Mining, and Normandy Mining, in Australia, Indonesia, West Africa, Turkey, Peru, Canada, and the United States. He is an anthropologist and has also worked for some 20 years with and for Indigenous communities on a variety of issues including land claims, Royal Commissions, customary law and similar. In addition, he is a practicing academic, teacher, writer, researcher and consultant with community experience with Indigenous and tribal peoples around the world.
He is a past board member of the Open Contracting Partnership, past chair of the International Council on Mining & Metals Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples Working Group, and was Alumnus of the Year in 2013 at the University of Queensland. He is currently a Research Associate at the Colorado School of Mines, an Adjunct Professor in the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland and runs his own consulting company, Yirri Global, based in Denver Colorado. Anderson is also a strategic partner of Acorn International. Recent clients have included Newmont Mining, Newcrest Mining, BHP, Resolution Copper, ExxonMobil and Tyson Foods with work in Mexico, Ghana and the United States.
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