Social Studies and Community Engagement

There is an increase globally in the perceived requirement for “social license” above and beyond government regulatory review. Without proper relationship building and understanding of community and Aboriginal perspectives, many resource projects face challenges during construction and operation.  Knight Piésold understands that social license must be achieved, but not at the cost of the technical and economic merits of the project. We work with our clients to ensure that meaningful engagement occurs that satisfies public expectations, regulatory requirements, and lender requests, with due consideration of project realities.

Our team of social specialists is highly experienced in the practical development and execution of social baseline investigations, impact assessments, management systems, action plans, resettlement plans, and stakeholder consultation and engagement.

Knight Piésold has participated in numerous major environmental and social impact assessments and management systems prepared to accommodate Equator Principles and International Finance Corporation expectations. By combining the collective expertise of our global staff, we can offer an integration of culturally unique experiences and perspectives in a variety of settings. We also have substantial experience in a variety of education and training programs at all levels of corporate sophistication. Our social impact assessments, public consultation programs, community development plans, indigenous peoples' development plans, and resettlement action plans combine to promote globally relevant best practice in social responsibility.