Course curriculum

Learning how to identify, manage and avoid social license risk in emerging market investments

  • 1

    What is social license risk?

    • Introduction: What is Social License Risk

    • Social License Risk: Course Requirements

    • A Short Introduction to Social License Risk (SLR)

  • 2

    Part One: Introduction to social license risk

    • Part One Section 1: What is Social License Risk

    • Exercise 1: What is social license risk?

    • Part One Section 2: What do we know about Social License Risk?

    • Exercise 2: How can we identify social license risk?

    • Part One Section 3: How can you use the knowledge from this training?

    • Exercise 3: Addax Case Study: Why does social license risk matter?

  • 3

    Part Two: Risk by location/operating environment (rapid)

    • Part Two Section 1: Rapid location analysis: quantitive, geospatial assessment

    • Exercise 4: Rapid location analysis - quantitative, geospatial assessment case study: Agro EcoEnergy, Tanzania

    • Part Two Section 2: Qualitative and expert analysis: filling data gaps and weaknesses

    • Exercise 5: Qualitative and expert analysis: filling data gaps and weaknesses

    • Part Two Section 3: Financial exposure: Rapid assessment

    • Exercise 6: Financial Exposure assessment - Insert your assessment into a financial modelling process

  • 4

    Part Three: Risk by company/organization (moderate)

    • Part Three Section 1: Corporate policy and relevant standards

    • Exercise 7: What do standards and certification show? Part 1.

    • Part Three Section 2: Social teams, access expertise and capacity

    • Exercise 8: What do standards and certification show? Part 2.

  • 5

    Part Four: Risk by asset/portfolio (intensive)

    • Part Four Section 1: Avoid Displacement!

    • Exercise 9: Avoiding the most common cause of conflict in investments

    • Part Four Section 2: Check for respect of customary land rights of local people using a Free, Prior, Informed Consent, or ‘FPIC’ process

    • Exercise 10: Checking for FPIC

    • Part Four Section 3: Check for a Social Impact Assessment and Social Management Plan

    • Exercise 11: FPIC and SIA

    • Part Four Section 4: Check for Ongoing Community Engagement & Monitoring

    • Exercise 12: Reviewing Corporate and Asset-level Investments

    • Part Four Section 5: Conclusion

    • Course Completion Survey


These are the key take aways from this training

  • How to identify risk in any given location

  • How to assess risk in a company or organization

  • How to complete due diligence at an asset or portfolio level

  • How to get the expert help you need and resource social teams appropriately


  • Who is this training for?

    This training is designed for investors exposed to emerging market assets and portfolios. It helps with investments in any sector with a significant land footprint, such as mining, agriculture, infrastructure and renewable energy.

  • How long will this take?

    This training can be done in two to three hours but you don't need to do it in one sitting. It is broken into chunks of 15 to 30 minutes.

  • What do I need to prepare?

    Almost nothing. The training offers a few exercises which are best completed using projects you are familiar with. The main thing you will need is the geospatial coordinates for this project and some of its key financial details. If these aren't to hand, we have provided some examples for you to select from.

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This material has been funded by UK aid from the UK government; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.