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
- Launch of 'The Heat is On' initiative (Aug 2015)
Critical Resource launches an initiative to catalyse stronger leadership by fossil fuel companies on climate change. more»
- Ratings update: South Pars, Iran (Aug 2015)
As relations between Iran and the West thaw, we provide analysis of political risk at a giant gas field in the country. more»
- 'Before it hits the fan': getting deal due diligence right (Jul 2015)
Critical Resource identifies seven common pitfalls in approaches to assessing political and stakeholder challenges. more»
- Randgold CEO: Africa can deliver ‘super-growth’ (Jun 2015)
In a Critical Resource interview, Mark Bristow enthuses about opportunities in African resources – and calls for hard listening to stakeholders. more»
- Ratings update: Statoil & ConocoPhillips, Myanmar (Jun 2015)
Analysis of political & social risks at an oil & gas exploration project in Myanmar. more»
- Q&A with Tullow Chairman: the oil price & new African realities (Feb 2015)
Simon Thompson discusses the oil-price collapse and new realities for extractive companies and African governments. more»
- Lord Browne calls for stronger industry action on climate (Nov 2014)
Lord Browne, former BP CEO, calls on extractive firms to take action on climate at CR event - as featured in the FT. more»
- Q&A with IFC director: “Future lies in complex regions” (Nov 2014)
Bernie Sheahan, head of IFC’s resource investments, sees big projects in complex regions as key to industry growth. more»