SLR launches tool for managing social risk for shale gas projects
SLR Consulting, has launched a new process and management tool to help project and programme managers secure and retain social acceptance, or a Social Licence to Operate (SLTO), for shale gas projects. The tool, named MI-SLTO (pronounced Mistletoe, trademark pending), uses a data driven, evidence-based and progressive approach to stakeholder and community engagement – helping project managers and operators prepare a successful SLTO programme. An SLTO exists when a project has on-going approval from stakeholders and from within the local community, leading to enduring broad social acceptance. MI-SLTO provides structure to previously unstructured assessment and introduces community engagement, communication and information transparency to a wide array of shale gas specific community concerns.