The vital role of geologists in helping build community acceptance for global mining and resource projects will be the focus of a special public lecture at the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane on Monday 6 August.
The public lecture will be presented by Nikki Accornero, Executive Client Director of Stakeholder Engagement at Rowland, a leading strategic communication and business advisory consultancy which assists mining and energy companies across Australia and South East Asia.
Ms Accornero said geologists today played a critical role not only in locating valuable mineral resources, but also in creating the first impression on the local communities in, and around, the future mine site.
“Geologists are the ‘first movers’ in the development of the ‘social licence to operate’ for a mineral deposit and have a vital role to play in their early engagement with local communities,” Ms Accornero said.
“Put simply, it is the people who will make or break the crucial decision in granting a mining project’s social licence to operate.”
Rowland has experience in every stage of the mining project cycle with no stage more critical than the exploration stage, which is when companies first start interacting with people and communities.
As one of the country’s most experienced stakeholder relationship practitioners, Ms Accornero has seen demand for Rowland’s services grow exponentially as areas such as reputation management, community, government and indigenous relations, and corporate sustainability become integral to the communication frameworks of exploration and mining companies.
For her public lecture, Ms Accornero will draw on her experience working on resources projects in Australia and the Philippines to discuss the key elements that underpin project advocacy to achieve social acceptability in challenging environments.
Rowland is a major sponsor of the 34th International Geological Congress, which will be held in Brisbane from 5 – 10 August 2012.
The free public lecture will be held in Room P8 of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Southbank on Monday 6 August from 6.30 – 7.30pm.
For more information please contact:
Nikki Accornero – Rowland. Phone: (07) 3229 4499