Everything an energy or extractives company wants to achieve, whether entering new markets, gaining permits, approvals and new acreage, accessing finance, identifying ideal partners, hiring talented individuals, or earning society’s trust, depends on having a strong and trusted reputation to secure its license to operate, both immediately and in the long term.
Despite being essential for economic growth, energy has become the industry that people love to hate and politicians love to punish. Even in the world’s key producing regions, an energy company can only thrive if it constantly updates its strategy and nurtures its stakeholders to maintain its license to operate effectively at local, national and international levels.
We work with the senior management of integrated oil companies (IOCs), national oil companies (NOCs), independents, service companies, utilities and international mining companies to prepare for, respond to or recover from crises and predict, prevent or resolve strategic issues.
Our work in this area has included:
- Advising clients through high-profile on and offshore incidents and issues, ranging from fires, leaks and explosions, fatal accidents and shipping incidents, to industrial relations issues, the occupation of assets by NGOs, and country evacuations.
- Designing and implementing a global ‘Gold Standard’ of crisis management at an IOC, including its global asset teams and JVs.
- Providing crisis communication training for the senior management of an international mining company.
- Providing an IOC with issues management support to re-engage communities at their top ten global sites of potential stakeholder concern.
- Advising a global energy services company on the management of the reputation risks associated with shale developments.
- Supporting an IOC to develop its strategy around a sensitive asset sale and market withdrawal programme in Europe.
- Helping an IOC consider its stakeholder engagement and media strategy related to a major project in Iraq.
- Scenario planning with an IOC on the potential outcomes and ramifications of climate change agreements and helping develop a coherent strategic communications response.
- Delivering crisis exercises to test the crisis response capabilities of one of the world’s largest mining companies.