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  • Respecting the human rights of communities: A business guide for commercial wind and solar project deployment

    2022 - Sarah Dolton-Zborowski & Sam Szoke-Burke

    This guide focuses on human rights impacts arising during the project deployment phase, including those that can flow from environmental impacts such as loss of biodiversity during project land clearing.

  • Auction design and the social impact of renewable energy projects

    2021 - Ana Amazo, Bastian Lotz, Fabian Wigand, Sarah Lawson, Arai Monteforte, Allen Eisendrath, Jairo Gutierrez and Adrian Paz

    This report is part of the USAID Renewable Energy Auctions Toolkit developed under USAID’s Scaling Up Renewable Energy (SURE) project, which helps energy stakeholders design and implement successful energy auctions. This report focuses specifically on measures within the auction for addressing social impacts. 

  • Community engagement and benefit sharing in renewable energy development: A guide for renewable energy developers

    2021 - Lane, T. and J. Hicks

    The content of this guide draws extensively on previous research and writing included in Community Engagement and Benefit Sharing in Renewable Energy Development.

  • Business in society handbook

    2021 - Trialogue

    In this edition of the Handbook we explore what the private sector can do to augment government’s recovery efforts, put responsible business concepts into practice, and help to accelerate meaningful change in South Africa.

  • INSPIRE Introductory  Brochure

    2020 - Synergy-Global Consulting

    Read this summary brochure on the INSPIRE initiative for the economic development stakeholder community. INSPIRE is a learning and innovation hub for training, communities of practice and research and engagement. This brochure outlines its ambition, its work and its mission.

  • Deepening REIPPPP’s community development impact

    2020 - Peter Westoby

    An infographic summarising movements, traditions and frameworks for the advancement of deepening community development impact in REIPPPP. Illustrated by Peter Westoby.

  • Creating successful, sustainable social investment. (2nd edition)

    2017 - IPIECA

    This guidance document addresses the question of how to create successful and sustainable community investments and how to measure their success. Social investment programmes are described as the voluntary and/or regulatory contributions companies make to the communities and broader societies where they operate, with the objective of mutually benefiting external stakeholders and the company.

  • Strategic community investment: A good practice handbook for companies doing business in emerging markets

    2010 - International Finance Corporation

    The content of the Handbook is organized around seven key areas comprising a comprehensive strategic planning framework for community investment. To help users with practical application, the Handbook is also supplemented by additional tools and information which are included in the Tools section or listed under Useful References.

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