The National Bureau of Asian Research has just made available a paper I co-authored for the Pacific Energy Summit. Entitled: "Social License to Operate, how to Get it and How to Keep It" the main findings included:
“Social license” generally refers to a local community’s acceptance or approval of a company’s project or ongoing presence in an area. It is increasingly recognized by various stakeholders and communities as a prerequisite to development. The development of social license occurs outside of formal permitting or regulatory processes, and requires sustained investment by proponents to acquire and maintain social capital within the context of trust-based relationships. Often intangible and informal, social license can nevertheless be realized through a robust suite of actions centered on timely and effective communication, meaningful dialogue, and ethical and responsible behavior.
My co-author, Celesa Horvath, has posted about the paper here. Apologies for the spelling of "licence" - US editors.