August 8 - 10, 2016
Golden, Colorado USA

About this course...

Communities and Social Performance in the Extractives is a three-day intensive workshop that will provide a comprehensive picture of where the extractive industry is in its engagement with the external world, particularly its communities. It will argue strongly that achieving a social license to operate is a business imperative and that companies risk not only costs and delays but their very survival in not doing so. It can be done well!

Issues to be covered include:

  • Free, prior, and informed consent
  • Human rights
  • NGO, government, and media relations
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Social investment
  • The IFC performance standards
  • Agreement-making

Special attention will be paid to organizational requirements and competencies for success in the field of social performance. We will cover all phases of extractive activities from exploration to closure in both mining and oil and gas.

The course will be based on the 'war stories' from Dr. Anderson's own experience, and also on case studies from all over the extractive world. There will be opportunities for small group discussion, problem solving exercises, and simulations.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for anyone in the extractive industry interested in improving the social performance of their projects and operations. Day One, though open to all, is designed particularly for senior executives and presents a 'big picture' view of the business imperatives around social license to operate and the evidence and rationale for doing well in this domain. Also covered will be the global political, legal and social contexts in which mining and oil & gas now operate and the current trends emerging for dealing with these changes. Days Two and Three present content aimed at general managers and project managers, as well as practitioners in the areas of social performance.

Course program

The course program highlights topics that will be covered in the course. Learn more...

Continuing education credits

Colorado School of Mines will award 2.0 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) to participants who complete this course.


The course will be taught on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado USA. Learn more...


Registration for this course is open now. Enrollment is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available. Learn more...

Travel and accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.

Course presenter

The course material will be presented by Dr. Chris Anderson, who is one of the extractive world's leading Communities and Social Performance practitioners. He has worked on some of the most difficult projects with seemingly intractable community issues. Learn more...

Further technical information

For more information about the course content, please contact:

Dr. Chris Anderson
Yirri Global
Greenwood Village, Colorado
Email: JChrisAnderson@Yirri.Global

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