In need of a communication & dissemination and/or Social License to Operate (SLO) partner in your EU project?

Apart from being an ideal science/technology partner in the domain of zero-waste valorisation of metal-containing End-of-Life products, extractive waste and/or industrial process residues, SIM² KU Leuven also offers it services as “dissemination and outreach” partner in your multi-partner EU and EIT RawMaterials projects. Taking into account that the European Commission is increasingly stressing the importance of social acceptance issues, as well as tailored dissemination and communication towards a diversity of target audiences, SIM² KU Leuven can be of real assistance to you.

Our offer:

Communication & Dissemination

SIM² KU Leuven offers a wide range of communication, dissemination & outreach tools and services, specially tailored for European funded projects:

Social License to Operate

The European Commission is paying increasing attention to the social acceptance in the European Raw Materials Sector. In the Horizon 2020 calls for projects, the consortia are explicitly asked to integrate a clear strategy on how civil society will be engaged in order to build trust in the mining and recycling sectors in Europe. Often, social acceptance and public trust are translated into the granting (or not) of a ‘Social License to Operate’ (SLO). The concept has become increasingly important, especially in the extractive industry, and more recently it has been adopted also in other economic sectors such as energy production, agriculture, and forestry. SIM² KU Leuven offers it services to become your SLO partner in your multi-partner EU and EIT RawMaterials projects. Starting from a comprehensive stakeholder analysis on local and regional level, a stakeholder engagement strategy is developed and implemented with special attention to local communities living in the vicinity of the industrial operations.

  • The organisation of locals events stimulates the awareness of interdependency and allows for increased contextual sensitivity. This bottom-up approach is materialized through a local dialogue focusing on transparency, trust building, risk management and participatory monitoring. (Example: Locals event at the Remo landfill site in Belgium)
  • Complementary, we organize a series of top-down events, a high level multi-stakeholder transition arena, where lessons learned and policy recommendations are formulated. Our researchers in process psychology, multi-stakeholder collaboration and groups dynamics are experts in facilitating these events (see EU NEMO, EU CROCODILE)

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