Partnering for Local Development:
An Independent Assessment of a Unique Corporate
Social Responsibility and Community Relations Strategy

Barrick Gold Corporation and its partners in the Pueblo Viejo project
in the Dominican Republic have initiated an innovative and promising
approach to the preparation and implementation of plans for longterm
sustainable development within the communities that surround
the project. Initial results are promising, both in terms of benefit to
society and benefit to business.


PVDC Partnering for Local Development Case Study

Stakeholder Dialogues  is a learning space that is directed towards practitioners from the private sector, the public sector, and civil society organizations. It conveys the methodology that empowers you to make stakeholder collaboration work, face global challenges, and secure your competitiveness while operating in a sustainable way.

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by  on April 2, 2014 in Business CultureCommunication
Understanding how to negotiate in any business setting, around the world, is a fantastic skill. It takes a depth of perception about the people you are working with as well as the business culture you are immersed in.

Communication is the most obvious global communication gap. It’s the first thing we usually encounter, one aspect of personal interaction that poses a clear barrier. Throughout the world, different cultures take a very different approach to negotiations — and a lot of it comes down to how they communicate. British linguist Richard D. Lewis, whose book “When Cultures Collide,” charts these different styles. Lewis himself is an accomplished linguist and speaks 10 languages.

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This Good Practice Note provides background on the history of FPIC, without taking a
definitive viewpoint on its legal status. Indeed, FPIC is relevant to business regardless of its
precise legal status since lenders, indigenous peoples, civil society, and other stakeholders
increasingly expect companies to obtain consent. The Good Practice Note also explores the
business case for obtaining FPIC and the challenges that are likely to arise in the process;
outlines current company good practices to obtain FPIC; and discusses emerging practices that
not only support FPIC but also long-term benefits for affected indigenous communities.


ACCESS Facility is a global nonprofit organisation that supports rights-compatible, interest-based problem solving to prevent and resolve conflicts between companies and communities. ACCESS explores better ways of working together among companies, communities and governments. It is a neutral space in which a broad range of stakeholders can learn, explore, share ideas, forge relationships, and find solutions that work for them.

ACCESS to reliable resources.

ACCESS Facility collects and curates a growing body of academic research, case studies, regulatory and institutional frameworks. It reflects both from practice and other resources on collaboration, preventative action, and conflict resolution.

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ACCESS to a community of practice.

ACCESS Facility creates a safe space for dialogue and points of view. It makes room for those who may be skeptical about non-judicial remedies and those who are already change agents in the communities.

ACCESS to new and actionable insight.

Both as a curator of resources and a convener of a broad-based community of practice, ACCESS helps crystallize critical questions to which parties need better and more practical answers and serves as a bridge between research partners and practitioners.

ACCESS to capacity-building and expert resources.

ACCESS Facility supports skills development for local communities and civil society organizations, companies, third-party neutrals, and other players through regional capacity-building and training programs.

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ACCESS is supported by The Hague Institute for Global Justice and housed at its premises.

Trust is a core ingredient to build successful relationships. Both personal and professional ones. It is a major leadership characteristic. However, you can´t take it for granted. You need to work hard to earn trust and to keep it.

Isaac Watts once said that “Learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult tasks.“ If you´re not seen as a trustworthy person you can´t neither form engaged relationships nor high performing teams. And without them you can´t become a successful leader and manager. If you were not careful, you can lose trust within days or even hours.

In today´s article I´d like to share with you my thoughts and what I consider being the most important principles to build, regain, and sustain trust: