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)
We develop a smart/integrated website for your project, which is automatically linked to other initiatives, allowing to harvest relevant news from other websites. The website contains dynamic features, showing sliders with news items, videos, new publications, events etc. We then also couple the website with a LinkedIn company page or a LinkedIn Group page (e.g. Zero-waste) allowing us to boost the impact of the project news items.
Professional leaflet, presentation and dissemination kit
Using the same house style as for the website we can develop a tailored set of project leaflets and corporate presentations, which can be used by project members when they have to represent the consortium at events. Concurrently, our team can develop a comprehensive dissemination kit, which can also include flags, banners etc.
Animation videos and documentaries
During the past 5 years SIM² KU Leuven has been cooperating with diverse journalists and film makers (incl. Stijn Van Baarle, StoryRunner). Together we have developed both short animation videos, highlighting the goals & results of EU projects, as well as longer documentaries broadcasted by national television. In both cases these products target a non-professional, very wide audience. The importance of this kind of outreach is being stressed more and more by the European Commission. SIM² KU Leuven recently obtained the congratulations of the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie EC Programme for its unique EU MSCA-ETN DEMETER animation video.
Newsletters & policy briefs
In order to communicate the results of your projects to a diversity of professional audience (academia, RTDs, industry, policy makers etc.) we produce Mailchimp Newsletters which contain all key items of your project (for style, see e.g. SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter). As such, the visibility of your project and the results obtained can be drastically enhanced, leading to a much larger impact than without such a strategy. In terms of reaching EU and national Policy Makers, SIM² KU Leuven also has a lot of experience in developing Policy Briefs (either as separate files or integrated in the Newsletters) which highlight policy-relevant parts of the project (e.g. NEW-MINE Policy Brief). Once again, this can dramatically increase the impact of your project and/or open up new avenues for future research, innovation and demonstration.
Organisation of events
SIM² KU Leuven is also highly experienced in organising project events such as Events in the European Parliament (e.g. 2nd ELFM Seminar in the EP), Summer Schools, Bootcamps, Conferences and Symposia, Policy Workshops. The SIM² KU Leuven team can provide a tailored scheme in view of the need of the project.
Automated forms (Open Access publications & dissemination activities)
SIM² KU Leuven has also developed automated forms to keep track of (1) all peer-reviewed Open Access publications developed through the project (i.e. the “PAS-system”: Paper Archiving System – allowing “H2020/Horizon Europe-proof” depositing in Open Access compliant repositories), (2) all project-related communication and dissemination activities (participation in workshops, conferences; organisation of events; interviews…) performed by Consortium members. The latter facilitates sound EU project reporting in the EU Participant Portal system.