What We've Innovated

Social License to Operate:
Academic concepts and
practical dimensions infused
with state of the art
measurement innovation


OCG principals Susan Joyce and Ian Thomson were early proponents of the Social License to Operate; demonstrating the practical dimensions to the concept. Careful observation of the interaction between resource companies and projects and local communities allowed for recognition of qualitative indicators and the normative components to the Social License.  Subsequent collaboration with social psychologist Robert Boutilier enabled an expansion of understanding of the dynamics of the Social License and recognition of further parameters to the process of gaining, maintaining and losing a Social License.

The result was the development of an innovative and rigorous tool that provides a quantitative estimate of the quality of the Social License (SociaLicense™) as well as information on the factors influencing the situation on the ground.

For more information on Social License to Operate and SociaLicense™ view Our Publications section or visit www.socialicense.com