Using the Right Methods to Gauge Community Support

Evidence of broad community support can be considered credible if the process or method used to demonstrate support:  

  1. Occurred after the operating company carried out consultations with relevant stakeholders regarding potential impacts and benefits of the proposed project.
  2. Was transparent and fully truthful about actual and potential impacts.
  3. Was free from coercion or manipulation.
  4. Included the opportunity for meaningful input by all potentially affected community members—including women, indigenous people, human rights defenders and other vulnerable and marginalised groups—prior to any decision or resolution.

 

Source: IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining (Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance 2018)