Social advisory and research

In an increasingly connected world, good business requires that you demonstrate the social value of the work you do.

Practical strategy with positive intent

Armed with reliable data about your stakeholders, market and capabilities, we develop actionable insights to guide due diligence, design, communications and approvals strategy. Drawing on decades of experience helping organisations understand the environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact of their operations, we foster vital project buy-in and brand equity. Working with organisations to assess their objectives with social, political and environmental context in mind, our aim is to match practical initiatives with shared value and intent.  

Drawing on engagement, economics, sustainability and research principles, we provide objective third-party review of project and organisational policies, procedures and management systems, evaluate potential risks and uncover opportunities for better management, community engagement, governance and more. Our global team of ESG professionals enhance our clients’ investments through strategies, processes and policies that satisfy the expectations of the communities in which they work.

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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. Working closely with your team, we create actionable reports that drive cultural change, measure social value and communicate social benefits to your markets and stakeholders.

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


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Our expertise

Social and governance advisory 

  • Internal stakeholder (employee, management and board) engagement
  • Public participation, community and stakeholder engagement
  • Stakeholder facilitation and mediation
  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG) and social licence to operate (SLO) advice, strategy, training and evaluation
  • Impact assessment frameworks


  • Anti-bribery/anti-corruption
  • Board diversity
  • Business ethics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Ethical financing practices
  • Executive compensation
  • Product liability claims
  • Supply chain – Modern slavery, Transparency in Supply Chains Act (California) and more.

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


  • Conflict materials
  • Employee health and safety
  • Employee engagement, attraction and retention
  • Fair disclosure and marketing
  • Product quality/safety

RPS research: true toll of veteran homelessness revealed

A new pro-bono research collaboration between Housing All Australians and RPS has revealed the alarming extent of homelessness among Australia’s veteran communities. 


Webinar: Creating a social legacy from the Brisbane 2032 Games

Drawing on insights from his work on social legacy initiatives for the London 2012 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, RPS Social Advisory and Research Executive Advisor, Dr Gary Cox discusses the legacy potential of Brisbane 2032 in a webinar hosted by RPS, in partnership with the Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ).

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