Manuel Sáinz de la Hidalga
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Manuel Sáinz de la Hidalga
Partner
O’Gorman & Hagerman
Manuel Sáinz de la Hidalga talks about land permits and the benefits of a proper land reasearch.
Victor Díaz
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Victor Díaz
Founding Director
Globexplore Drilling & Analytics
Globexplore Drilling & Analytics is an exploration drilling company offering traditional diamond core, man portable, underground and reverse…
René Krist
Insight
René Krist
Managing Director
Fullspectrum Leadership
“When I hear the term social license, I ask people to reach into their pockets and show me where their social license is...”
jaime martínez
Roundtable
Jaime Martinez
Jaime Martínez
Business Development Director
ERM

ERM is the first to recognize the work of the country’s regulatory bodies relating to social and environmental impact assessments. There needs to be definitive guidelines on both compliance with regulation and the undertaking of effective and thorough social impact assessments. It should not be considered an obstacle but should become a mainstream practice, based on international benchmarks. Anticipation is the name of the game. Social issues go well beyond official regulations and permitting processes. The World Bank and the IFC have extensive references on how to best approach these matters that are being applied worldwide and that Mexico’s private sector can also reference.

Developers of renewable energy projects know only too well the disruption that can be caused by community objections.
miguel montañes
Insight
Miguel Montañes
Director
Natura Medio Ambiente
“It is critical that the social impact of energy projects in Mexico is correctly regulated..."
Álvaro Burgos
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Álvaro Burgos
Minister of Economy
State of Guerrero
Álvaro Burgos has prioritized the mining industry in the state, taking advantage of its great potential and resources during his time.
Leopoldo Rodríguez
Roundtable
Leopoldo Rodríguez
President
AMDEE

Social aspects are extremely important for large-scale projects such as wind farms. There are regions in Mexico that are more sensitive than others, like indigenousowned lands. Wind energy companiesare bound by law to perform a social impact assessment, which is challenging now because not all the regulations and guidelines have been defined. A right approach to the communities implies close interaction and well-designed communication strategies that get the message clearly to the communities. Many communities in Mexico tend to think that infrastructure projects are equal to money but they must keep in mind that private companies are not the government. Project developers should have social plans to make a positive impact on the project’s surrounding communities but these plans do not substitute government actions.

Our interviewees shared experiences, highlighting the importance that local communities play in the development of Mexico’s energy infrastructure.
Roberto Frau
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Roberto Frau
Social and Sustainability Team Leader
ERM
The biggest difference lies in their respective level of comfort with open dialogue. 
The biggest shift in the practice of social engagement and management in the last ten years is the fact that extremely remote places with extremely…
Analysis
Roberto Frau
Social and Sustainability Team Leader
ERM
A report released by the ASF in February 2014 pointed out a series of irregularities in the contracting processes of several ISCs.
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