The Economics of Social License


Links Between Social Performance and Financial Valuation Forged in New Forum

DENVER, Colo. (May 7, 2015) – Energy and mining industry managers facing a sharp downturn in commodities prices will collaborate in a new forum to bridge the gap between the disciplines of community engagement and financial performance. To protect their companies’ access to capital as well as their own careers, participants in a new workshop series will hear road-tested solutions shared by leading organizations including Encana, Rio Tinto, IHS Energy, Western Energy Alliance and Colorado Mining Association, creating strategies to address unique challenges in their own companies.

The Economics of Social License workshop series will launch at the Tabor Center in Denver on June 11 from 7:30am to 5pm, and include subsequent workshops around the U.S. and Canada. Managers interested in participating can register by visiting:

or emailing

“With $25 billion in stalled mining projects due to stakeholder disputes, and nearly 100,000 U.S. oil industry layoffs in the past four months, now more than ever we need to put a price tag on community conflict and craft clear strategies to safeguard our businesses,” said Maureen Upton, Founder of Resource Initiatives and Instructor of the workshop series. “By cross-pollinating expertise between energy and mining, and between community relations and corporate finance, the Economics of Social License series will provide an interactive environment for true problem-solving and key relationship-building.”

Designed for managers in EHS (environment, health and safety), operations, finance, risk management, public and investor relations, government and community relations, the Economics of Social License workshops will help equip participants to determine their return on sustainability, to prove their value in a challenging market, and to have their initiatives embraced throughout the company and community.

Workshop Agenda

Resource Initiatives LLC is a consulting and training firm helping the world’s leading companies in energy and mining to determine and communicate their contributions to sustainable development since 2006. The firm works with many of the largest organizations in the resource sector and provides training, advisory, custom research and film production on issues such as economic impact, community development, environmental stewardship, and workplace health and safety. To learn more visit

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