Top Five: Challenges/Solutions
Challenge 1: Understanding international regulatory requirements and obtaining approvals on schedule
Solution: Integrating local experts with deep knowledge and experience in regulatory requirements into the team and creating a structured approach that facilitates and assures that local approval processes proceed quickly.
Example: Conducted ESIA for exploratory drilling offshore Cote d'Ivoire and received regulatory approval within five weeks of starting the ESIA to avoid rig stand-by charges.
Challenge 2: Building and maintaining license to operate in host countries and communities
Solution: Applying world-class experience and local know-how to generate fit-for-purpose stakeholder analysis, mapping and engagement programs, including long-term, continued communication.
Example: Planned and conducted a consultation program with seven different indigenous reserves for an onshore seismic survey in eastern Colombia in Spanish and Sikuani – program won national human rights award.
Challenge 3: Assuring compliance with internal and international social and environmental performance requirements
Solution: Applying >25 years of familiarity with executive-level and international expectations for HSE/Social Performance by conducting structured and detailed analysis and translating expectations into useable tools and procedures at the project level.
Example: Developed a "communities management system", including procedures and tools for managing stakeholder engagement, community development and human rights, aligned with company policies and international best practices for one of the world's largest natural resource companies.
Challenge 4: Controlling costs
Solution: Relying on prior experience and optimum local content to avoid unnecessary costs, and carefully directing the work of integrated local-international teams to ensure efficient delivery of required results.
Example: Our business model is designed to maximize local expertise on every project we undertake. Applying this solution, primarily on longer-term projects, leads to efficiencies in labor costs and reduced travel and other expenses.
Challenge 5: Managing stakeholder expectations and designing social investment programs that move beyond charity to provide long-term value to host communities and international ventures
Solution: Applying vast experience from within both industry and NGOs to design and implement a context-specific community development strategy.
Example: Developed a social investment strategy for basin-wide onshore shale gas development initiatives based on 1) socioeconomic analysis, 2) ongoing development projects, effectiveness and gaps, and 3) local perception in target communities to identify emerging program areas that present the strongest partnership opportunities, focused on areas important to community and company.