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
- EITI Chair: Mining companies lead transparency agenda (Jan 2017)
In a Critical Resource Q&A, EITI Chair Fredrik Reinfeldt discusses why oil and gas firms lag behind mining companies on transparency. more»
- Ratings update: Vedanta, Zambia (Jan 2017)
Vedanta subsidiary KCM faces industrial action amidst a series of recent challenges, but Zambia’s broader outlook is improving. more»
- Lonmin CEO: 'Never waste a good crisis' (Oct 2016)
In a Critical Resource Q&A, Ben Magara identifies stakeholder relationships as key to beating the ‘winner-takes-all’ mindset that besets the industry. more»
- Ratings update: Noble Energy, Israel (Oct 2016)
Israel's Leviathan field could reshape regional geopolitics - but access to foreign markets and stakeholder opposition threaten development. more»
- ICMM President: ‘BHP Billiton/Vale’s spill is a wake-up call’ (Sep 2016)
In a Critical Resource Q&A, Tom Butler discusses the Samarco spill and the risk of destroying value in early stage projects. more»
- Ratings Update: Benban Solar Park, Egypt (Sep 2016)
Egyptian government tactics have thrown into doubt plans for the world’s largest solar park – including projects proposed by EDF and Engie. more»
- 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»