Moving from a social licence to a social investment to operate
This will require embracing new ways of understanding value
A social investment to operate changes that reality. The hypothesis is that different investors in any new enterprise: agriculture, water, security, manufacturing, traditional medicine, bird watching, solar energy, ecotourism, writing expeditions, food processing — these investors change the ability of communities to navigate a shared development of their destiny.
The concept of shared value requires a sincere investment in exploring ways of embracing new forms of power. This means that people living in mining areas and regulators need to create an environment that is conducive for a vibrant and creative economic conversation. Companies also need to see potential beyond resource extraction and development to allow for the realisation of economic potential in other areas. For this to happen, companies must use their network to bring different investors and disruptors to the table. What if mining became an impact investment?