Social Licence to operate

The Social Licence to Operate (SLO) refers to the level of acceptance or approval by local communities and stakeholders of mining companies and their operations. The concept has evolved fairly recently from the broader and more established notion of “Corporate Social Responsibility” and is based on the idea that mining companies need not only government permission but also “social permission” to conduct their business (Fraser Institute, 2012).

These are the sections in the MDNP where you can find out more about social licence to operate:

  • The Country Fiches tool in the Members’ area provides information about “mining & society” (look for this indicator within the category “Community & Environment”) for each of the Latin American countries Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.
  • The Library on the Members’ area contains also further information within the “Civil society” folder.