The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™

Critical Resource specialises in political, stakeholder and sustainability challenges in energy and mining. We have a reputation for bespoke, high-quality, high-impact work.

We believe that companies can unlock major commercial value by managing these challenges in a strategic and responsible way.

About us

Our belief is that a deep understanding and responsible, strategic management of these issues will be a key source of competitive advantage for companies in the years ahead.

We provide three types of services: due diligence and assurance that stakeholder, political and reputational risks are well understood and managed, prior to our clients making key investments or strategic decisions; practical support at the project level to help in-country teams achieve project outcomes; and finally, group-level strategies to align and position organisations as a whole to mitigate risks and realise opportunities.

Our network of advisors combines strong industry expertise with on-the-ground intelligence in over 80 countries. The senior advisory panel for the company includes eminent figures from industry, finance and global development. Our core team brings together experience working for major resource firms, The Economist, McKinsey, OECD, UN, and Chatham House, among other organisations.

Recent news and articles

Who's afraid of the TCFD?

Many mining executives are concerned about what growing investor pressure to implement the TCFD recommendations might mean for their businesses. However, as we argue in our latest analysis, a rapid – but phased – approach toward TCFD-alignment can present significant opportunities.

Three megatrends impacting the natural resource sector in 2021

The world faces considerable social and economic fallout from Covid-19, a vaccine rush, rising global inequality and shifting geopolitical dynamics. In a volatile and fast-evolving context, our latest analysis looks at three megatrends that could shape the operating context for the natural resource sector in 2021.

'The energy transition must be balanced with economic justice'

In an exclusive interview, Sheila Khama (a NED of Tullow Oil and former CEO of DeBeers Botswana) argues that companies will need to strengthen regional supply chains in Africa, and highlights the risks of an economically unjust energy transition on the continent.

A good time to invest in West African resources?

Following a series of negative headlines for West African politics, our latest research considers the main challenges of investing in the politically turbulent region and points of optimism for resource investors.

‘The Covid-19 crisis has drawn attention to our role in society’

In an exclusive interview, Antofagasta CEO Iván Arriagada discusses the implications of Covid-19 for mining companies, its impact on copper prices and argues that Chile faces an inflection point with its upcoming constitutional referendum, but expects it will choose to remain investor-friendly.

Launch of The SustainAbility Institute by ERM

Critical Resource and ERM are excited to announce the launch of The SustainAbility Institute by ERM, a new thought leadership platform. The Institute will define, accelerate and scale sustainability performance, delivering actionable insight that will decode complexities and spark conversation.

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