Social advisory and research

Understanding the impact of projects and initiatives is a critical component of good governance, risk management and design. Failing to account for environmental effects can lead to serious project delays, while a misalignment of corporate and community values can undermine even the most well-intentioned policy or programme.  

Practical strategy with positive intent

Drawing on decades of experience helping organisations to understand the environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact of their operations, we help foster vital project buy-in and brand equity. We work with companies to assess their objectives with social, political and environmental context in mind; our aim is to match practical initiatives with shared value and intent. 

We provide objective third-party review of policies, procedures and management systems, evaluate potential risks and uncover opportunities for better resource management, community engagement, governance and more. Our global team of ESG professionals have helped enhance our clients’ investments by developing strategies, processes and policies aimed at satisfying their investors’ expectations.


Using a range of quantitative and qualitative research techniques across a variety of metrics, we apply an objective, yet people-centred approach to impact research. Armed with reliable data about your stakeholders, market and capabilities, we develop actionable insights to guide your due diligence, design, communications and approvals strategy.

Our ESG expertise can be used to enhance fundraising opportunities, supplement a due diligence process, assist with integration, and help enhance the bottom line.


Our expertise

Social and governance advisory

  • Deliberative engagement and co-design
  • Public consultation
  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG) and Social Licence to Operate (SLO) advice
  • Impact assessment frameworks


  • Anti-bribery/anti-corruption
  • Board diversity
  • Business ethics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Ethical financing practices
  • Executive compensation
  • Product liability claims
  • Supply chain

Social research

  • Due diligence and risk assessment
  • Desktop audits and literature – policy, procedure, procurement and supply chain
  • Qualitative research – interviews, focus groups
  • Quantitative research – online and telephone survey design, data analytics and social listening


  • Community engagement
  • Public participation, community and stakeholder engagement
  • Stakeholder facilitation and mediation
  • Conflict minerals
  • Employee health and safety
  • Employee engagement, attraction, and retention
  • Fair disclosure and marketing
  • Product quality/safety

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