Critical Resource specializes in political, sustainability and stakeholder risks facing investments in energy, resources and related sectors. We advise senior executives and investors in some of the world’s largest companies.
We believe the future’s most successful resource firms will be those that manage these risks better than their competitors. Using our unique approach, LicenseSecure, we assist clients to do so in a highly responsible and sustainable way.
We provide due diligence and assurance that these risks are well understood and managed. We also provide practical support, working with clients to achieve commercial success by building common ground with stakeholders.
Our core team brings together experience working for major resource firms, The Economist, McKinsey, and Chatham House, among other organisations. The senior advisory panel for LicenseSecure comprises Lord (John) Browne, Bill Emmott and Prof Sir Paul Collier.
Recent news and articles
- Bolivia’s Mines Minister: ‘Drastic change is needed’ (Aug 2016)
In a Critical Resource Q&A, Bolivia’s mines minister calls for radical new investor attitudes and reflects on the future of Latin America’s Left. more»
- Ratings update: Total, Uganda (Aug 2016)
Progress towards a long-awaited export pipeline is welcome news for Uganda’s oil industry – but politics could still hold things up. more»
- Gemfields: Consumer ethics drives value (Jun 2016)
In a Critical Resource Q&A, Gemfields’ CEO highlights the value of an ethical consumer base for extractive companies. more»
- Ratings update: ExxonMobil, Argentina (Jun 2016)
Exxon’s shale plans signal returning investor confidence in Argentina – but economic challenges could derail the country's pro-market drive. more»
- Ratings update: AngloGold Ashanti, Ghana (May 2016)
As AGA takes Ghana’s government to international arbitration, Critical Resource sees a rocky future for the country’s gold sector. more»
- Brexit: full steam to uncertainty (May 2016)
With the referendum on the UK’s EU membership looming, our senior advisors look at what Brexit could mean for energy and extractives firms. more»
- Coal and climate change (Apr 2016)
Polluting relic of the past or cheap and plentiful source of energy? Critical Resource analyses what the future holds for the coal industry in a 2°C world. more»
- Ratings update: Newmont, Peru (Apr 2016)
As Newmont steps back from Conga, Critical Resource reflects on the financial risks that stakeholder opposition poses to mining projects in Peru. more»