Webinar: COVID-19 challenges social licence to operate in the renewable energy transition

The role of public policy and future implications for transition metals


Bouts of civil unrest are common in Latin America, but 2019 saw a serious bucking of the regional trend. COVID-19 is presenting new challenges to miners, as it requires redesigning internal policies and refocusing conversations with local communities. Within this broader context of popular pressure for reform in key countries and a pandemic making operators rethink community engagement, we expect to see policy changes impacting mining over the coming decade, directly affecting the current demand for transition metals.

In this session, we focus on the key challenges miners face to secure social licence to operate (SLO) in the region with the heightened risks brought by COVID-19, including key drivers of community opposition to projects. Despite having the most extensive legal and regulatory framework on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC), operators in Latin America face the highest number of active socio-environmental conflicts globally and an uptick in lawsuits against mining companies. We also analyse the upcoming policy reform agenda to address these challenges.

Through the webcast you’ll learn about:
  • What is the social context in key producing countries where transition metal supply will have to increase to meet growing global demand?
  • How will COVID-19 impact SLO?
  • Why despite having the most robust FPIC legal framework do Latin American countries still witness opposition to mining projects?
  • Which are the countries that have already seen an increase in litigation to advance indigenous communities’ claims?
  • What are the policy reforms we anticipate will take place in the coming decade that would impact project lifecycle?
  • Jimena Blanco, Head of Americas
  • Liz Hypes, Analyst, Environment and Climate Change
  • Victoria Gama, Senior Human Rights Analyst