Social & Community Impact

At SLR, we have over 25 years’ experience working with our clients to maximise positive, or minimise negative, impacts on society.

Working across private, public, international development funding and not for profit sectors, we support our clients across the globe to define, assess and manage their social impacts and performance for multiple audiences, from C-suite to local community.

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Social & Community Impact Overview

Whether through global or local social impact strategies (addressing key areas such as Human Rights, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, or supply chain risks), focused community programs and partnerships, or by innovating for social impact in direct business practices, operations, products, and services, we help our clients understand, measure, and improve their broader socio-economic and value chain impacts—from job creation and procurement to consumer health and well-being.

We support our clients in managing social performance to comply with international standards (Equator Principles, World Bank & IFC performance standards) and work to achieve the balance between project development and safeguarding of resilient and inclusive communities through our subject matter expertise in labour, gender, cultural heritage, indigenous peoples, community health & safety, sustainable livelihoods, resettlement and land acquisition. This includes robust stakeholder engagement throughout the project life cycle.

SLR can also provide clients with frameworks and practical management tools to enhance and authenticate their social and community impact efforts through B4SI: the global standard in measuring and managing corporate social impact, used by 200+ of the world’s leading companies to articulate and measure the positive impact they have in the world. The B4SI Frameworks form a robust measurement standard that any company can apply to understand the difference their contributions make to business and society through community investment, business innovation and social procurement.

Social & Community Impact Related Capabilities

Business & Human Rights

Understanding impacts and responsibilities of business on human rights at both corporate and project implementation level.

DE&I

Supporting businesses to develop their strategies to foster diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and local communities.

Impact Management (via Business for Societal Impact, B4SI)​

Applying the B4SI Frameworks – the global standard for managing impact across 3 routes, community investment, social innovation, social procurement.

Supporting Technical Services

Just Transition

Identifying and managing the people and community impact of decarbonisation and transition to a climate-neutral economy to ensure it is ‘Just’ and fair for all.

Measurement

Helping clients measure and improve their broader socio-economic and value chain impacts through bespoke frameworks and assessment.

Responsible Sourcing

Identifying and managing ESG risks in a company’s supply chain to actively source products and services in an ethical, sustainable and socially conscious way, whilst leveraging opportunities to realise positive change.

Social Safeguards

Assessing and ensuring compliance with Social aspects of the Equator Principles (EP) and International Finance Corporation (IFC)/World Bank (WB) Performance Standards for the assessment and management of social impacts and risks. 

Strategy & Implementation

Carrying out research, engagement activities and benchmarking studies to assess the social risks, issues, and opportunities across a company’s operations.

Social & Community Impact Projects

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    Preston, UK

    Vision-led planning - Pickerings Farm, Penwortham

    Built Environment

    Vision-led planning - Pickerings Farm


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    Europe

    European Commission

    Built Environment

    MORE - Multi-modal optimisation of urban road space in Europe


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    Cairo, Egypt

    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

    Built Environment

    Egypt National Rail - Improving safety and security


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    Europe

    The European Commission

    Built Environment

    CREATE - Congestion Reduction in Europe: Advancing Transport Efficiency


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    Europe

    The European Commission

    Built Environment

    CIVITAS Renaissance - Sustainable urban mobility planning


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    Europe

    The European Commission

    Built Environment

    CIVITAS Portis - Port cities: Integrating sustainability


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    Europe

    The European Commission

    Built Environment

    CIVITAS Destinations - Sustainable mobility in Mediterranean and Atlantic island tourist cities


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    Europe

    The European Commission

    Built Environment

    CHUMS - Changing Habits for Urban Mobility Solutions


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    Northwest Scotland

    Assynt Development Trust

    NW2045 Natural capital baseline assessment


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    Warwickshire, UK

    Warwickshire County Council/Stratford District Council

    Infrastructure

    COVID-19 social distancing schemes


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    Europe

    The Coca-Cola Company

    Consumer Goods & Retail

    Coca-Cola social impact framework toolkit


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    London, UK

    City of London

    Government & Communities

    Understanding the business case for volunteering


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    UK

    Co-op

    Consumer Goods & Retail

    Materiality and social impact measurement


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    Paisley, Scotland

    Renfrewshire Council

    Built Environment

    Paisley town centre regeneration


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    Brattleboro, Vermont, USA

    Brattleboro Housing Partnership

    Infrastructure

    Melrose Terrace floodplain restoration


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    Keene, New Hampshire, USA

    City of Keene, NH

    Built Environment

    Patricia T. Russell Park


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    Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA

    The Nature Conservancy / Town of Bridgewater, MA

    Infrastructure

    High Street Dam removal and Bridge replacement


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    Lanesville, New York, USA

    Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program

    Infrastructure

    Stony Clove Creek stream turbidity reduction


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    Hardwick, Vermont, USA

    Caledonia County Natural Resource Conservation District

    Infrastructure

    North Main stormwater improvements


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    West Haven, Connecticut, USA

    City of West Haven, CT

    Infrastructure

    Cove River tidal marsh restoration, pedestrian bridge and Sea Bluff Beach park improvements


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