Impact assessments

Social impact assessments

Win-win mindset

EEM has long experience conducting social impact assessments for natural resource and industrial projects. This calls for us to work closely with developers as well as the communities or indigenous peoples impacted by the project at hand, and to understand their respective objectives and concerns – as well as risks.

EEM’s independent perspective produces win-win assessments that lead to enduring solutions for all concerned:

For project developers, regulators and investors: EEM’s approach to social impact assessment conforms to established laws and standards, helping to secure regulatory approval, permits and financing.

For local communities, First Nations and indigenous peoples: EEM works to foster mutual understanding and establish partnerships with affected communities, First Nations and other indigenous peoples. The goal is to both mitigate a project’s impacts and maximize its local benefits thus setting the conditions for long-term social acceptability.

Our offer

EEM offers the following social impact assessment services:

  • Social baseline studies combing qualitative and quantitative data in the following areas: Land-use, cultural heritage, archaeology, and economic and socio-demographic studies.
  • Consultation services including: Stakeholder mapping, consultation planning, stakeholder engagement across a range of traditional and online engagement platforms, documentation and analysis.
  • Social impact analysis including: Analysis of project direct, indirect and cumulative social impacts and identification of approaches for impact avoidance, mitigation and compensation.
  • Social management planning including: Articulating actions, responsibilities, costs and timeframes for impact mitigation and compensation in order to integrate these seamlessly into operational management.

Our approach

EEM’s made to measure approach to social impact assessment:

  • Is based on leading standards such as the IFC performance standards.
  • Uses cutting edge tools and methodologies for social impact identification and analysis.
  • Aims at fostering a working consensus between resource developers and local communities, identifying synergies, and brokering productive partnerships over the lifecycle of the project.
  • Provides a bridge to operational management of social impacts including aboriginal and stakeholder engagement, community social investment planning, cultural heritage management, land management, resettlement and influx management.

EEM’s social impact assessment expertise is complemented by our full suite of environmental impact assessment services.

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