Discussion paper

Unlocking Data Innovation for Social License in Natural Resources

January 29, 2020

This report describes how companies can use new data tools, approaches, and techniques to generate and sustain social license in communities. It presents the concept of a data value chain and provides case study examples of how companies have started using data to engage with communities, develop trust, create new social and economic opportunities, establish new forms of partnerships, and give voice to a wide variety of stakeholders in a smarter way. It offers tools that companies can incorporate into their operations and processes that contribute to the development of social capital. It also examines the policy issues most relevant to the topic of social capital.


  • Foreword
  • Executive Summary
  • The Explosion in Data
  • The Data Value Chain
  • The Role of Data in the Natural Resources Sector
  • Social License in the Natural Resources Sector
  • The State of Data for Social License in the Natural Resources Sector
  • Case Studies
  • The Social License Data Toolkit