Critical Resource specializes in political, sustainability and stakeholder risks facing natural resource investments. 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.
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
- Operating responsibly in a corrupt environment (May 2014)
This note highlights patterns to watch out for when working in a corrupt environment, and approaches firms can take to reduce risks. more»
- Rio Tinto CEO: “Protect relationships through hard times” (Jan 2014)
Sam Walsh explains why shareholders are more interested in stakeholder risks, and how partnerships help build resilience more»
- Common ground on shale gas? (Nov 2013)
Critical Resource sets out draft principles for the responsible development of shale gas. more»
- Q & A, Newmont CEO: “M&A often fails due to social issues” (Nov 2013)
Gary Goldberg argues that ‘license to operate’ is key to protecting shareholder value, and highlights lessons from the delayed Conga project in Peru more»
- Sir Robert Wilson: “Listen to concerns – or be blindsided” (Jul 2013)
Sir Robert Wilson distils lessons on how to secure assets from social and political risks, based on his decades at the helm of resource companies. more»
- Sir Mark Moody-Stuart: “CEOs must listen and visibly engage” (Jan 2013)
Sir Mark Moody-Stuart gives his top tips on managing stakeholder expectations, resource nationalism, and other social and political pressures. more»
- Mining a rich seam of distrust (Dec 2012)
Will Gabriel Resources be able to advance the controversial Rosia Montana project in Romania? more»
- Empires of Profit: big companies & political backlash (Dec 2012)
A newly updated book by CR's director reveals surprising parallels between powerful firms from history and modern-day corporate giants more»