Issue No. 16, January 2013
Integrating Environmental and Social Performance throughout the Project Lifecycle
By: Mary Beth Snodgrass and Acorn International Consultants
The scale, nature and complexity of environmental and social risks and impacts for extractive industry projects vary according to local contexts and project lifecycle activities. Fit-for-purpose identification, assessment and management of these risks and impacts is key for meeting evolving regulatory frameworks and aligning with project schedules and budgets. Moving beyond risk and impact management becomes critical when projects have numerous and often complex commitments to internal and external stakeholders.
Systematically and strategically integrating environmental and social performance into the project lifecycle is increasingly important to ensure fit-for-purpose management and to meet third party requirements and expectations, including those of communities, project financiers, shareholders, voluntary frameworks or project partners. The table below highlights some key environmental and social performance activities, assessments, plans and evaluations that projects may conduct at various stages in the project lifecycle, and it describes the value added by conducting these activities and developing these documents.
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Acorn International advises and supports extractive industry clients with the activities and documents described in the table above so that they are able to improve their environmental and social performance and both understand and meet the requirements and expectations of stakeholders.
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