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Corporate Social Innovation

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From the World Economic Forum The business world is increasingly taking note of the risks and opportunities posed by social and environmental issues for business sustainability and competitiveness. For the first time, the 2015 Harvard Business Review ranking of the top 100 performing CEOs in the world – a measure aimed at evaluating long-term performance […]

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BP Vice President speech on SLtO

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Dev Sanyal, Executive Vice President and Group Chief of Staff of BP spoke in November 2012 about obtaining a social licence to operate. He believes that the social licence to operate broadly equates to trust. A company such as BP needs to be trusted in several ways – trusted to deliver the energy to drive economic growth […]

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Edelman Trust in Energy 2015

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According to the Trust in Energy 2015 report by Edelman, the Energy sector is the most targeted industry sector by activists. Chemicals are on the 4th and Mining / Metals on the 5th position. The presentation can be found here  On slide #19 you find that most targeted energy companies are Shell (#2), TransCanada (#3), […]

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Edelman Trust Barometer 2016

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Edelman started measuring trust in 2000 and currently executes this yearly survey with more than 33.000 respondents in 28 countries. Highlights from the 2016 presentation, which can be viewed here : distrusted companies have more difficulties with selling products, are criticized more often and negative opinions are more often shared, and shares are more often sold. […]

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Expensive hidden assumptions

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Negotiations are a Zero Sum Game National legislation and regulation have sufficient support of the community Knowledge hierarchy : “Science is science, don’t let those damned politicians ever screw you up” Lee Raymond, former CEO EXXON Historical relations, reputations and public opinion do not play a significant role Socio-political risks and reputation are difficult to quantify and […]

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interview Delta TU Delft (in Dutch)

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‘Draagvlak ontstaat niet door goed te rekenen’ Voor grote projecten in de olie-, gas- en mijnbouwindustrie ontbreekt nogal eens maatschappelijk draagvlak. Eelco de Groot, onlangs aangesteld als fellow, wil studenten leren dat hier meer voor nodig is dan goed rekenen. Of: hoe het door oorlog geteisterde Congo een ‘Delftse jongen’ richting politieke besluitvorming duwde. U […]

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Engineering under scrutiny

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When my uncle started working for local Dutch engineers Hasselt & De Koning in 1965, the reputation of engineers and their knowledge was more or less undisputed. Science and technology had spurred economic growth during the past two centuries, and brought a car and television to practically every household after the Second World War. From the struggle […]