Biocultural Consulting can help assess policies, strategies, programs, and projects for gaps or weaknesses in their focus or outcomes. Partnership tension may point to a limited understaning of the broader variables at play in the environmental , social, economic and cultural interfaces of objectives or projects.
Culturally appropriate assessment seeks to improve business performance, by fully informing any given activity with all relevant information. Teams and individuals will best achieve business objectives, measuring and reporting when all critical data is identified and used in assessing existing or future business. Pre-feasibility consultation without considering primary substantive rights, flaws the overall planning and implementation from the outset .
We assess the risks, impacts and provide solutions associated with your overall operations from an Indigenous perspective. In weighing up the potential cost savings, the increased risk of disruption due to social unrest as well as the potential brand damage should be considered. Targeted community investment can build community capacity that supports the company's license to operate within that community.
Self assessment questions can include:
- Do you have an Indigenous Peoples Policy to help understand the community’s governance structure, identify a community’s goals and development plan, determine if they will accept or reject a project and encourage a win-win agreement.
- Is your reputation and shareholder cconfidence at risk of negative media exposure
- Who has the primary knowledge on the issue
- Is there community opposition and subsequent risks of delays and shutdown
- Are their legal risks associated with negative impact on Indigenous peoples
- Will you get your outcomes if you don't follow the protocol for that distinct community