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
- No magic bullet: operating in conflict-prone environments (Oct 2014)
With wars raging in many parts of the world, how can resource companies balance the risks and rewards, while operating responsibly? more»
- Extractives, profit & politics: Q&A with leading investor (Oct 2014)
The ex-head of JP Morgan’s influential resources fund, Ian Henderson, gives his take on resource markets and the importance of political intelligence more»
- Breaking new ground in the heated shale gas debate (Sep 2014)
Critical Resource launches ‘Pathway to Best Practice’ following consultation with leading stakeholders more»
- Ratings update: Glencore and London Mining (Sep 2014)
Two mining projects in complex contexts: updates from the LicenseSecure database more»
- 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»
- 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»