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People and communities

People and communities are at the heart of the projects on which we work. Our capabilities in community development and socioeconomic analysis help us to promote sustainable development and meet growing global demand.

We undertook an award-winning social impact assessment and indigenous peoples planning for Surgil Gas Project, Uzbekistan, a $4 billion gas development and petrochemical infrastructure facility.

Our customers’ needs vary with their business and projects, but the factors driving demand are common to all: increased social safeguard regulation, rise of corporate social responsibility, and promotion of international rights-based conventions.

Our trained and highly experienced social scientists help governments, private developers, investors, and lenders conduct social impact assessment, social research, management planning, market research, public consultation, and stakeholder engagement.

We consider vulnerability, gender, induced development, cumulative effects, climate change adaptation, and grievance redress in our analysis of how people, neighborhoods, communities, and workers are affected by proposed interventions.

We reduce reputational risk in pursuit of sustainable development outcomes in these ways:

  • Good community relations via stakeholder engagement planning

  • Benefit enhancement and sharing with host populations

  • Safeguarding human, worker, and indigenous people’s rights

  • Secure tenure and livelihood restoration for resettled peoples

  • Management systems based on good governance and natural resource retention

Social due diligence and impact assessment

We undertook an award-winning social impact assessment and indigenous peoples planning for the Surgil Gas Project, Uzbekistan, a $4 billion gas development and petrochemical infrastructure facility. For our assessment of the gender impacts of public-private partnership (P3) infrastructure projects for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), we used case studies of the benefits to women from international infrastructure projects across six sectors.

Health impact assessment

We undertook a health (including equality, transport, and carbon) impact assessment for Healthcare for London that proposed changes to stroke and major trauma services. The study helped the National Health Service understand the potential effects of changes on traditionally underrepresented groups and communities.

Compliance assessments

We carry out quarterly construction labor monitoring visits to work sites, subcontractor human resource departments, and labor accommodation for New York University Abu Dhabi Campus Construction. We review compliance with UAE laws and international labor standards to help the university meet its labor rights commitments. We reviewed the engineering, procurement and construction contract for Astraeus Wind Farm, UK, to ensure it met our financers’ Equator Principle commitments.

Stakeholder engagement and public consultation

In Indonesia we conducted social impact assessments, including consultation and resettlement planning, for two geothermal power projects. The World Bank included our work as an example in their best practice guidelines.


  • Capacity building, training, and institutional assessment

  • Community livelihoods and ecosystem services analysis

  • Corporate social policy and procedure development

  • Equality impact assessments

  • Health impact assessments

  • Human rights impact assessments and gender analysis

  • Indigenous peoples’ and ethnic minorities development planning

  • Labor monitoring, labor accommodation planning, and local content strategies

  • Public consultation, information disclosure, grievance management, and stakeholder engagement planning

  • Resettlement and livelihood restoration planning

  • Social due diligence and Equator Principles compliance reviews

  • Social impact assessment, management, and monitoring

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