Public consultations, the open events where projects are presented and discussed with the community and other stakeholders, have become a central milestone for the approval of certain projects and investments. As a matter of fact, many public and private investors have chosen to recognize the public consultation process as an essential corporate policy requirement, regardless … [Read more...] about Public consultations: nurturing positive perception and preserving social value in projects and investments
Environmental and Social Safeguards
The celebration of “Pride Month” reminds us that, although some progress has been made in protecting the rights of populations with sexual and gender diversities, we must recognize that there are still many additional risks to which LGBTIQ+ people are exposed due to discrimination based on their gender identity and sexual orientation. Identifying these risks from the early … [Read more...] about More equitable societies: how to address inequalities based on discrimination related to sexual orientation and gender identity?
When browsing social networks or inspecting cultural, economic or socio-political media, you will have noticed the growing reference to environmental, social and governance factors (ESG) in the corporate and public and private investment worlds. This trend can be observed, for example, by consulting the popularity of the term "ESG" in global Google searches during the last 5 … [Read more...] about Monitoring environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria: trends and operations management strategy
Latin America and the Caribbean has an extraordinarily rich natural and cultural heritage. To date, the region has 143 registered assets (97 cultural assets, 38 natural assets and 8 mixed assets) on the UNESCO World Heritage list alone. These include archaeological sites from pre-Hispanic times, exceptionally preserved historical centers, and natural sites endowed with … [Read more...] about 8 things to consider when protecting cultural heritage
Imagine what it feels like to have lost a parent, a sibling, or a loved one, be required to quarantine or socially distance for weeks, and then you find out a large public works project will produce noise and contamination in your neighborhood for the next six months. COVID-related restrictions are still very much in place in several countries, as daily infections and deaths … [Read more...] about Navigating the promises and pitfalls of grievance resolution